Summer reading program teaches kids about science

  • Friday, August 1, 2014

Provided It might have looked like a drop of pond water to the naked eye, but when the Baruch Nature Center folks put the water under a microscope, kids got to see a whole new world of wiggly worms and beautiful bugs.

Children from around Georgetown County have been learning about science this summer as part of the Georgetown County Library summer reading program.

The theme of the summer was “Fizz, Boom, Read” and offered young participants at each of the county libraries the chance to read and hear a variety of stories, experience visitors, and take part in scientific activities throughout June and July.

Celebrations for the end of the program took place this week.

Sheila Sullivan with Children’s Services for the Georgetown Library stated that they saw a great turnout this summer.

“We had really good participation,” Sullivan said.

“We have been very fortunate this summer, having kids of all ages and their families take part in the program.”

She said they had programs for younger children called “Lap Babies” and older children called “Wee Wigglers.”

“We had a lot of programs geared toward families,” she stated.

One of the highlights at the Georgetown Library was a Murder Mystery lock-in from 6 to 11 p.m. in the second week of June.

Children who participated watched the movie “Clue” and then set out to find a “killer.”

The Georgetown City Police donated crime tape and the scene was complete with an outline of the murder victim on the floor, Sullivan said.

“They even got to learn about finger printing to find out ‘who done it,’” Sullivan said.

Activities at each of the libraries included learning about amazing animals from Jerry Walls, using microscopes with Beth Thomas from Hobcaw Barony, and visits from the Mad Scientists from Charleston, the FLOW Circus from North Carolina, Magician VanDoren, and Michael P. White, children’s book illustrator.

Amy King, children’s librarian at the Waccamaw Library, said she also saw a good turnout for the summer reading program.

“The science theme was really a lot of fun,” she said.

She said one of the highlights was when the kids built a solar cooker and made S’mores.

“They learned about potential and kinetic energy in that fun activity,” King stated.

Another educational activity was experiments with candy to find out their acid content.

“We found out that Sour Patch Kids have the most acid,” she said.

She added that she was very impressed with the number of hours children read this summer.

“Each child turned in a reading time sheet,” King said.

“Everybody gets a prize, but the top readers got a little extra.”

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