Summer Reading #5 – Build a Better World

Solar energy! The preschool-2nd graders listened to Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey (where the Moon discovered night wasn’t so bad!) and The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague. We also danced to the Mister Sun Song! The 3rd-5th listened to Curious George Discovers the Sun by H. A. Rey. Then we all made solar ovens just like George! Except we can melt used crayons into new creations not veggie lasagna! As our last day finale, we ate concrete. sand. dirt and rocks! Don’t worry it was actually ice cream, vanilla wafer and Oreo crumbs and m&ms!


Summer Reading #4 – Build a Better World

Taking care of our feathered friends, we created bird feeders today! Despite a lower attendance post holiday parties, we had a blast today! We read silly bird books, like Telephone by Mac Barnett and Chicken’s to the Rescue by John Himmelman. We even danced to Rockin’ Robin!

Summer Reading #3 – Build a Better World

This week we are back to building AND using our imagination. Our focus was on the Eiffel Tower. Preschoolers used straws to create their towers. K-5th grades did a STEM activity – built towers out of gum drops and tooth picks! They were very creative – no two towers were the same! However, we did learn that triangles are the strongest shape. The Eiffel Tower was built with a lot of triangles – in fact the skeleton of the Statue of Liberty also has a lot of triangles. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was a French civil engineer and architect. Eiffel designed both the skeleton and the Eiffel Tower as well as a number of other bridges for the French railway network, most famously the Garabit viaduct. The Eiffel Tower built for the 1889 World’s Fair was only supposed to stand for 20 years! It’s scientific usefulness saved it as it was used by French scientists to study astronomy, meteorology, aerodynamics and physiology and test experiments such as Foucault’s Pendulum and the radio


Summer Reading #1 – Build a Better World

Build a Better World Preschoolers listened to stories about construction and guessed what was being built.. K-5th listened to Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building by Deborah Hopkinson. The Preschool-2nd then built a paper crane while the 3-5th built marble runs.

The Lasts for the school year

This Thursday we had the last After School Program STEAM – Magnets. We explored magnetism by making a DIY Wooly Willy, magnetic mazes and a pipe cleaner discovery bottle.

On Friday we had our last Preschool Story Time of the school year. We celebrated by reading about cupcakes, coloring cupcakes and of course eating cupcakes! Thank you Mrs. Susi for making cupcakes! They were delectable!

After School Program STEAM

Today’s After School Program STEAM Campers learned about circuits. Circuits need to be circular – they need to have a complete pathway for electrons to flow through. We needed to have conductive material (we used tin foil) to go from the power source to the light and then back again so the electrons can go out and come back. A battery gave the force to make the electrons move through our circuits. When the electrons got to the Christmas light, they gave it power to make it work. Our circuits also have a switch so that it could be turned on and off – we used brass brads. This weeks circuit was a series – which means all of the parts are connected on the same pathway one after another. Next week we will try parallel circuits.

STEM Camp —3D

At STEM Camp #2 — 3D, we learned to use the Tinkercad program to print our initials and followed some of the tutorial on how to make a hole in a shape. Only one set of initials were printed today because it takes time.



In the next couple weeks, the items we made and some chosen from pre-made programs will be printed.


We received the 3D printer from a grant last fall – anyone can come in and use it for FREE!

STEM Camp – Circuits

This camp was a blast! We used card board, tin foil, old Christmas lights, brass brads and batteries to make circuits. This was a lot of fun!


We started with just one light but then added on and on! The Snap Circuit kit was also a lot of fun!



The older girls learned to use the Makey Makey – Inventions Kit and the Squishy Circut Kit! Then they showed us what they learned.


It was pretty cool to see how the guitar worked! These kits will be available for check out at the library soon!



We applied for and received a grant for STEM tubs that will contain all kinds of kits and STEM materials. Circuits will be just one of the theme tubs that will be available! We received the 3D printer from a grant last fall – anyone can come in and use it for FREE!

Steam Camp – Water Beads #4

Today was our last camp experimenting with water beads. We evaluated the beads that were dehydrated and the dehydrated diaper stuffing. Then we tasted some edible beads – tapioca. They pretty much don’t have a taste but they sure are sticky.

Dehydrated stuff from inside of a (clean) diaper
Completely dehydrated plain water (small beads down to original size) and salt water beads

Eatable water beads (Tapioca)
Some of us liked them and some didn’t


For our last experiment, we looked at beads that were frozen at different times today. There wasn’t any discernible difference between the ones put in the freezer at 9:30 am or 12 :30 pm. The ones that were put in at 3:30 pm were frozen hard on the outside but not all the way through. These beads thawed really quickly. All the beads were damaged by freezing. They cracked and were broken.

Beads frozen for 1 hour
Beads frozen at 12:30 pm


Finally we got to take beads home as nightlights. The beads were put in water bottles with glow sticks. We tried to make it dark enough in the library to see them. They will probably look better at night.

Bottle lit up with a glow stick and water beads inside – can’t really get the library much darker during the daytime.