Sixty-eight kids and 13 Teen Leaders have signed up for Summer Reading this year. In addition, a half dozen adult volunteers are helping out – and our wonderful new intern, Sara Martin, is doing a wonderful job with the preschoolers.
We all meet on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 at the Senior Center. The preschoolers go with Sara and their teen and adult volunteers to the Library for their special program. The rest of us stay at the Senior Center for our activities, and groups of kids take turns going to the library with their Teen Leaders to check books in and out.
On May 28, 47 kids, 12 teens, and 3 adult volunteers participated. The gradeshoolers’ program science theme was Simple Machines – the incline, wedge, screw, wheel and axel, pulley, and lever. The kids especially enjoyed learning from Greg Bouc and Dean Cadwallader, who demonstrated and let kids try their hands with the real thing. Greg even had one lever so strong it could lift a bobcat. Kids also enjoyed experimenting with paddle wheel boats, and so did the preschoolers, who had been busy with Sink and Float. (Click here for photos)
On June 4, there were 56 kids, 12 teens, and 5 adults for the program on Flight. Two special guests led the program. Sally Gaines McKee, from the Nature Center at Lincoln’s Pioneer Park, brought a variety of exhibits – bird skulls, wing bones (like mammalian scapula), wings, feathers – and everyone’s favorite, a live screech owl which lives at the Nature Center because it is a rescue which cannot be released back into the wild. After the owl’s appearance, the preschoolers adjourned to the library to learn about color.
Adam Sutton, Environmental Education Assistant from the Lower Platte South NRD, Adam gave each of the gradeschoolers a peacock feather, packets of wildflower seed tapes, and temporary tattoos, and kept them interested with questions and answers about flight. This is the third year Adam has developed a Summer Reading special program for us and we sincerely appreciate his help. (Click here for photos)
On June 11, we had 42 kids, 10 teens, and 4 adults (quite a few kids were at Vacation Bible School that day). Preschoolers investigated the 5 senses, while the gradeschoolers’ program was on Sound. They learned about sound waves, vibration, frequency, pitch, and how the ear works, and they experimented with sounds from squeaking balloons, bottles filled with different amounts of water, and water whistles. They also made “phones” out of sets of tin cans and sets of paper cups and compared how well each type worked (the paper cups worked best). (Click here for photos)