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GEMS library adds ‘STEAM’ to program: Book fair set for this week

— According to Mountain View School District 244 and Grangeville Elementary Middle School librarian Lynn Johnson, the library is about more than just books at GEMS.

“Some mornings there are as many as 60 children knocking at the library door at GEMS before classes start,” Johnson said. “They are eager to see what’s new in the Investigation Station.”

Johnson explained libraries all across the country have adopted the STEAM movement and Johnson, wanted the GEMS library to offer the students more than just non-fiction to spark their curiosity as well.

“With simple challenge activities or basic instructions provided, the students engage in science, technology, engineering, art and math [STEAM] based activities or challenges which have been very popular,” she said.

Based around simple themes, these activities have included building towers, creating marble runs, assembling catapults and making simple rockets.

“The challenges encourage children to think about how to solve a simple question with no right or wrong answer, whereas the simple instructions encourage them to use reading skills to reach an exciting goal,” she added.

The GEMS library funded these activities this year with money raised through their biannual book fairs. This year the book fair kicks off Dec. 5 during the craft fair and will be open to the public until noon on Dec. 11. This is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Money raised will be used to buy books and STEAM materials.


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