Summer STEM from your Library 2019
The Idaho STEM Action Center has provided funds to the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) to award up to 70 public, school, or academic libraries $600 each to help pay for materials or presenters to support STEM outreach efforts during the summer. ICfL will also help provide a toolkit for learning activities, a wagon to help with outreach, and other resources. The Summer STEM from Your Library program has three primary goals:
Increase access to fun, engaging, hands-on STEM activities for underserved youth beyond the normal library programming efforts.
Increase children’s access to books over the summer months.
Increase the number of children who minimize learning loss during the summer.
The libraries from last year’s Summer STEM program were successful when they implemented one or more of the following: partnered with a summer nutrition program; provided outreach in the park, at a Boys & Girls club, or other location outside of the library; opened the school library during the summer to provide access to books; took bins of Little Libraries for kids to take & return; received gently used books from their Friends of the library group to hand out during outreach programs.