'Storytime STEM-Packs' bring science, summer readers together
Officials from the Murrysville Community Library and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Math and Science Collaborative will discuss the library's “Storytime STEM-Packs” at the next American Association of University Women meeting.
The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14 in the Murrysville Community Meeting Room on the second floor of the Murrysville municipal building, 4100 Sardis Road.
Storytime STEM-pack product development and pilot Professional Development for librarians has been funded primarily by four agencies, three of which are headquartered in the Pittsburgh region: The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (The Pittsburgh Foundation), the Eden Hall Foundation, and the PPG Foundation. However, the NSF I-CORPS for Learning project was instrumental to Storytime STEM-Packs' present form as a library tool.
The original grant, from the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County in 2014, funded a two-year pilot collaboration between the Murrysville library and the AIU, aimed at adding STEM content — aligned with state education standards — to the library's Summer Reading Club, which includes children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
The speakers will describe their specific roles in this ongoing process of expanding the programming of the library, and with an eye towards influencing libraries in general, for being the “bridge” for student learning during the summer and throughout the school year.
The public is welcome to attend. There is no registration required.
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, email@example.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.