On June 23rd, the Seattle Public Library will be launching a brand new Summer of Learning program!
So, what’s so new and exciting about this summer program? This year, SPL is taking reading to whole new level! Many of you may have heard about a new focus in education and libraries called STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. More recently STEM has transformed into STEAM which includes the all-important “art” component which encourages ingenuity and design within the STEM framework. So, not only will the youth of Seattle be encouraged to read this summer, but also explore the world around them through science, create new and exciting projects – anything from poetry to robots, and also connect with new ideas through innovative programming offered at our libraries.
Every child who signs up for the Summer of Learning program will receive a brand new book (one per child while supplies last)! Just like last year, kids are encouraged to write down everything they read, but they will also be encouraged to track everything they create, discover, or explore this summer. So, if your child decides to build a fort in the backyard, write a song, or learns how to juggle, they can log those activities as well. For each learning activity a child completes, they receive a sticker, and after 10 completed activities, each child will win a free family day pass to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. All children who complete their log before August 4th will be eligible for the Breakfast of Champions drawing.
To make it even more exciting, the Seattle Public Library is partnering with the Pacific Science Center to develop science activities and librarian training to bring exciting new programming to libraries across the system! The Museum of History and Industry has also provided training and resources to ensure a variety of learning opportunities for the youth of Seattle this summer. And the best part is, it’s all free! Thanks to the Seattle Public Library Foundation, US Bank, and Google who have generously helped fund this year’s Summer of Learning Program. Kid’s will have so many amazing opportunities to learn this summer at a library near you, so join us as we explore catapults, African drumming, insects, physics, and so much more!
Check out the library’s Summer of Learning Website for fun, hands-on science activities you can do at home with your children as well: www.spl.org/summeroflearning
For teens, visit www.spl.org/inthezoneteens to explore all the ways you can participate in summer programming.