McCone County Library is pleased to announce that we have been awarded $5000 from Midrivers to create a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering. Arts, and Mathematics) Library. With this generous grant in combination with other funds, we will be able to acquire resources to encourage children of all ages to explore robotics, engineering, math, science, and art. In a world where technical knowledge is increasingly necessary, we will use small robots, manipulatives, art supplies, and electronic components to encourage children and their parents and grandparents to explore complicated ideas in a fun and engaging way. These resources will be made available to local teachers and eventually will be available for checkout with a current McCone County Library Card. You may or may not be familiar with some of the items that will be in our collection. We will have building materials like Lincoln Logs, Magnatiles, Brain flakes, and Squigees. These items allow users to explore concepts in engineering and construction as well as math and physics by designing and creating unique structures. Ozobots, Spheros, and Dash Robots can be programmed using an app on a tablet or smartphone. They teach children scientific planning, organization, coding, and basic computer concepts… and they are super fun!!! Bloxels allow anyone to create and play their own video game. Little Bits teach rudimentary electrical engineering and allow students to create devices with working lights, motors, fans, and more. I have just begun the process of researching and acquiring these items. When the collection is complete it will be displayed in the library for a few weeks and then be available for loaning to local teachers. Items will be available to loan to local families in the spring. As always, items in our STEAM library are featured prominently in our Library Saturday Tech Club at 2 PM. This is almost always the first Saturday of the month unless there is a conflicting holiday. We may even use them in our Tech Class for Seniors. Grandkids should not get all the fun!
If you do not currently have a library card, now is a great time to get one in anticipation of these latest items in our collection. We hope to see you soon in the library.