A Growing STEM

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STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—and the STEM approach to teaching and learning has been a hot topic in education circles for a number of years. Integrating the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and math begins as early as preschool, launching students on a pathway of learning that focuses on logical reasoning, critical thinking, collaboration, and investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st-century global workforce.

FCPL already supports STEM through our collections and programs but is increasing the emphasis on STEM to meet the needs of area students and to support the goals of local and statewide education initiatives.

Upcoming Events

Baltimore Checkerspot Butterflies Craft & Program

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Did you know that the Baltimore Checkerspot is Maryland's state butterfly? Why are their numbers decreasing and what can we do to help? Learn all about this Maryland treasure from a Girl Scout earning her Gold Award and create a butterfly craft to take home. Ages 6-11, with an adult.

Homeschool Literature Group I- World Literature

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Age Group: 
Middle school students join us for a World Literature discussion series of classic and award winning books. Read, Discuss and Explore! Contact WA branch for more information and to enroll. All books will be available free through the library.

Petite Playgroup at the Library!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Enjoy an hour of independent play during which you and your child can socialize with other parents, caregivers and children! Each playgroup will start with 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs led by your friendly children's librarian. The library will provide the space and a variety of educational toys to explore and share! For ages 0-3.

Green Thumb Family Gardening Club

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Age Group: 
An Emmitsburg Community Garden and Library Project, this club is intended for families with kids ages 4 and up who want to learn about growing food in a community garden. Everyone will get to plant, water and weed as well as make garden crafts, hear stories at the garden and much more. Visits to the garden are part of every meeting.

Club dates are:
April 5 – Growing Fun in the Garden: Planning and planting starter plants and plus our first visit the see the garden.