Once a month, the Youth Services staff at Oconee County Public Library (OCPL) host “Science Saturdays”, a fun but enriching time for hands-on STEAM-related experiments for children during the non-school hours.
With a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and administered by the South Carolina State Library, OCPL engages children ages 4-11 with science and math activities based on curriculum standards while promoting the library’s resources for these subjects. September’s program was all about magnets.
The children also read and acted out the book Stuck. November’s program was called “Racing Ramps and Flying Eggs”. The event featured graduate students from Clemson University who taught kids about physics.
In the new year, the library plans to lend telescope kits and stargazing books to patrons and host a STEAM summer camp for seventh graders.