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UNION COUNTY — The children’s portion of the Union County Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading Program continued June 9 with participants building robots with some unusual materials.

The library’s youngest patrons made robots out of juice boxes, pretzel sticks, applesauce and raisins. Once they put eyes and other things on their robots, they could eat them!

This building of the robots was in keeping with the science theme of this year’s STEM-based Summer 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.

The children’s portion of the program is called “Fizz, Boom, Read” while the teen portion is called “Spark A Reaction.”

The Summer Reading Program runs through the end of July with the following activities on the following dates:

June 19 — Family Event 2-3 p.m. — Marshmallow Catapult. Winners will receive prizes. Snacks served.

June 24 — Teens Ages 12-17 — 1-3 p.m. — Making soap. Snacks served.

June 30 — Family Event — 10-10:45 a.m. — The Wacky World of Science with Ronald McDonald.

July 8 — Ages 2-5 — 2-3:30 p.m. — Movie: Sid the Science Kid. Snacks served.

July 14 — Ages 6-11 — 1-2:30 p.m. — Making “Elephant Toothpaste” Science Experiment.

July 17 — Ages 2-5 — 2-3:30 p.m. — Science Experiments. Volcanoes and Making Foam Dough.

July 21 — Ages 2 -5 — 10-11:30 a.m. — Come for a “Lego Party.” Build a Robot or whatever you want. Snacks served.

July 22 — Ages 6-11 — 10 a.m.-Noon — Come for a “Lego Party.” Build a Robot or whatever you want. Snacks served.

Children under 12 who participate in the program must have a parent present at all times.

For more information about the children’s portion of the Summer Reading Program call 864-427-7140, Ext 302.

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