The library has always been a great place to find summertime activities for children. This year, with a science theme that brings science and reading together, the result is a winning combination that is sure to entertain the kids and keep their reading skills up – all while doing some really cool science activities! Readers of all ages are invited to participate in science-related activities that include chemistry, robotics, biology, astronomy and much more.
FIZZ BOOM READ is the theme for Summer 2014 for many libraries around the country, as part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program.
The Monroe County Library System has put together a brochure highlighting activities held at every library in their system, and you can also find library-specific activities online or in person at your local library.
Along with the children’s program, many libraries are offering programs for teens and adults that stay with the science theme. “Spark a Reaction” is the program for teens, and “Literary Elements” is for adults. Get the whole family in on the fun!
If you’re looking for ideas to do at home that go along with the library theme, you can find hundreds of ideas online. Several Pinterest boards devote themselves exclusively to this theme, like the Fizz Boom Read 2014 Summer Reading Program board and SRP 2014 – Fizz, Boom, Pop! We also have an entire page dedicated to FUN STUFF on the Fingerlakes STEM Hub website. Check it out!
Of course, while you are at the library you should take a look at the many science-themed books that you can find on the shelves. From activity manuals to non-fiction fact books, and fictional stories about science to biographies about your favorite scientist, there is something for everyone to be found at your favorite library. Don’t find what you are looking for? Don’t forget about inter-library loan, an inexpensive way to check out books from every library in your region, delivered right to your local library for pick up.
While you are at the library, check out a V.I.P Pass, which gets you discounted admission to places like the Genesee Country Village and Museum, George Eastman House, GEVA, Memorial Art Gallery and the Rochester Museum and Science Center.
What science-based activities and stories are you looking forward to this summer? Please share your ideas!