Teens given glimpse of CSI process: Local teens were given an opportunity to summon their inner Sherlock Holmes in June, when the Pope County Library System (PCLS) offered a crime scene investigation (CSI) program for teenagers. Hosted by Officer Todd Steffy of The Dover Police Department (Pope Co, AR).
The American Library Association (ALA) was far-sighted when they dreamed of 2014 Summer Reading Programs. With the focus on Science and Technology, for SRP 2014, a chasm between learning and fun has been closed.
Another benefit of the SRP - 2014; Fizz, Boom, Read / Spark A Reaction / Literary Elements, is that via programming needs, we have gained new partnerships within the community, that would not have happened otherwise.
On Saturday, July 12th, 2014, The Museum of Discovery, out of Little Rock, Arkansas, will be coming to our town, that has a population of under 60,000 people.
We have had, a publisher, several mad scientists (real - not really mad) from our local university, a police detective, and various vendors who have become involved in the Library System.
I would love to do yearly follow-ups after this program to see how many of the young readers, teens and tweens, go into science or STEM based careers.
Adult programming has not been as flamboyant, but our New Books Community Pallet Garden started April 5, 2014, has added an element of science that can put food on the table, or free seeds for a garden. Growing food, and herbs is benefited by adding science and technology to the process.
We have learned and are still learning a lot about gardening in small spaces, using pallets.