Children’s storytime resumed at the Sammy Brown Library in September, but that is just one of many outreach, learning and reading engagement programs on tap, according to Director Kim Turner.

This past week serves as a prime example as story time was joined by a new program hosted for homeschooled children, Homeschool STEM Libratory, and a brown bag luncheon event on Thursday featuring a reading and discussion of a selected book.

Turner said she is excited about the response for the STEM “Libratory.”

“This new library program for students ages 5 to 15, provides a hands-on learning experience in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM),” she said.

In this past week’s session, attendees learned about the design process as a way of tackling problems or generating creative ideas, she said. The group also learned about inclined planes as a simple machine to make work easier.

Turner stressed the hands-on aspect of the program.

“Using that information, each age group was given a design challenge to create a marble maze,” she said.

The youngest group used straws cut into pieces and glued to a paper plate to construct a maze.

The middle school group used LEGO pieces to create their maze design, while the teen group played a challenging gravity maze game.

“One of the library’s goals for this program is to provide a more hands-on approach to learning with activities and supplies that encourage creativity,” Turner said.

This will be a monthly library program for homeschoolers, but the library does request that families register to attend so that the library can order materials accordingly.

For the weekly children’s storytime, Turner said there is normally a theme for each month. The event is designed for both pre-school aged children and students who may be homeschooled.

The event is free and scheduled for 2 p.m. each Wednesday.

“In addition to reading the story, we incorporate a learning activity and a craft,” she said. “They love to do crafts.”

Among parents on hand for a recent story time was Carley Fugler. She brought her daughter, Lucy, 6, and a nephew, Kutter Jacks, 11, who is home schooled.

“They always look forward to coming, they both love to read,” Fugler said.

Turner said the theme for September was fairy tales with a twist while beginning in October the weekly sessions will have a changing of seasons theme on autumn.

This past Thursday was a program of the Brown Bag Book Bunch. Turner said readers get together a couple of times a year to informally discuss a book.

The selection for Thursday’s program was Sarah Penner’s “The Lost Apothecary.”

“We enjoy getting together to discuss books,” Turner said. Participants bring their own lunch and have a relaxing conversation sharing thoughts.

The library will be hosting a used book sale beginning Monday, Sept. 26 and continuing through Oct. 1.

For $2 a bag, patrons can load up on reading material for the fall and winter during the Bargain Book Sale, Turner said. The sale will be held during library hours, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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