Last updated: August 01. 2014 8:38AM - 235 Views
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UNION — Children participating in the Union County Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading program got to take part in a very special kind of party that in addition to being fun allowed them to learn about building things.

The Summer Reading program, which concluded Thursday, featured a series of science-oriented activities as part of “Fizz, Boom, Read,” the children’s portion of the program and “Spark A Reaction,” the teen portion. The activities, which included scientific experiments, were part of the science theme of the STEM-based reading program.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is an educational initiative designed to provide students with a solid background in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Its goal is to help students develop the critical thinking skills that will enable them to successfully compete in the increasingly knowledge-based global economy of the 21st century.

On Monday, July 21, and Tuesday, July 22, children ages 2-5 and 6-11, respectively, attending the program took part in a “Lego Party” which they used Legos to build things.

Library Director Ben Loftis said the parties were designed to be both fun and educational for the children.

“It was free time for the kids to play with the Legos and to explore the world of building, construction, and design,” Loftis said.

For more information about the Union County Carnegie Library and the services it offers call 864-427-7140.

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