STEM in the Children’s Reading Garden
The Children's Department received a grant from the Foundation for Westwood Education to expand our STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) programming. We wanted a way to not only provide a hands on ecology program in the spring, but also incorporate this program into the library's exterior for the whole season!
During April Vacation we welcomed families to a "Plant the Seeds of Summer" program in which we shared our favorite gardening and farm books and then went outside dove right into the process. This was a great way to celebrate Earth Day and discuss recycling, pollution, and gardening/farming with our young library patrons. The kids helped us start our seeds for the Children's Reading Garden and to take a seed they planted home with them. They also each received a small "greenhouse" to mount to a window at home to be able to observe the sprouting & growth process up close.
Our flowers and veggies are all now officially sprouted and on their way to (hopefully!) a successful growing season. We hope our little garden offers a way for Westwood families to observe the growing process up close all season long!