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Children and Families Leap into Science at York County Libraries

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June 28, 2018
Elementary age children and their families can “Leap into Science” and conduct their own experiments featuring sound and music with educator Tara Tolton at York County Libraries throughout the month of July as part of the 2018 SummerQuest: Libraries Rock! program.  In this program, children use fiction and nonfiction books to learn information about a scientific topic, make observations and predictions, and then use scientific exploration to investigate the answers. It is free to attend the program. Please check with your local library to find out if registration is required.
“Leap into Science” is modeled after the successful museum/library partnership between by The Franklin Institute and the Free Library of Philadelphia. We want to ignite the flame of inquiry-based learning, one of the foundations of scientific thinking,” says York County Libraries Youth Services Director Paula Gilbert.Our local ‘Leap into Science’ program giveschildren the opportunity to ask questions and pursue answers to self-initiated questions.” According to Gilbert, York County Libraries’ program engages parents and children in a quality learning experience that pairs hands-on science activities and relevant books for children.
“Books often spark exploration, allowing children to ask questions about the world around them and use the scientific process to find the answers,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “Integrating literacy-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities into our libraries allows children to sharpen their critical thinking skills and fosters a lifelong love of reading and learning. ‘Leap into Science’is a great example of literacy-based STEM programming available in York County Libraries.” 
Leap into Science will be offered on the following dates and times:
Thursday, July 5, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Guthrie Memorial Library
2 Library Place, Hanover  

Friday, July 6, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Dover Area Community Library  
3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover  
Monday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Mason-Dixon Public Library                   
250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown             
Wednesday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Village Library                           
35-C North Main Street, Jacobus           
Thursday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Martin Library
159 East Market Street, York  
Thursday, July 12, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Collinsville Community Library 
2632 Delta Road, Brogue
Wednesday, July 25, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kaltreider-Benfer Library
147 South Charles Street, Red Lion  
SummerQuest is a program that provides opportunities for kids and teens to stay active and keep learning during the summer break.  This year’s theme: Libraries Rock! invites exploration of the world of music.  Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, the York Water Company, Glatfelter, and Wellspan Health, there is no cost to participate in the program.   York County Libraries include 13 libraries that provide the latest in print and electronic information, best sellers, Wi-Fi, story times, book discussions and more. 

Deb Sullivan, Director Of Community Relations
(717) 849-6969