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Science Samplers: Kits for Middle School Families

Thanks to a generous grant from Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White and the Illinois State Library, the LaSalle Public Library will be offering six weeks of hands-on science and technology programming, targeting youth ages 11 through 14, as part of the Library's Project Next Generation (PNG) program.

The program, which is both self-paced and independent-learning, includes exciting kits that utilizes real technology to explore and learn about meteorology and weather, light pollution issues and solutions, the local biosphere, and understanding carbon and its effect on the environment, and fun experiments like modeling a destructive storm surge, exploring carbon using chemistry, capturing and uploading data about area flora and fauna, and seeing outdoor lighting around town in new ways.  In addition to experiments, art projects include field journal sketching and rock painting.

A Library Program Mentor will be available to answer questions throughout the program.  The program begins on Monday, June 28th and will conclude on Friday, August 6th.  “Science Samplers,” is limited to 12 participants, and is funded through Project Next Generation (PNG), a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of the Secretary of State, Jesse White, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). 

For more information or to register, please call the Library at 815-223-2341 or contact Rachael Blomquist, Program Mentor, at remotelearning@lasalle.lib.il.us.  Registration ends on Wednesday, June 23rd, at 5:00 p.m. The LaSalle Public Library is located at 305 Marquette Street, LaSalle and is ADA compliant and welcoming.