The Bitterroot Public Library is hosting an early literacy event to learn about weather for families with young children featuring stories, self-guided learning stations, a wind tunnel and other STEM inspired activities on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Wendy Campbell, Assistant Director and Youth Services Librarian, said the weather program will be designed for young children from preschool through first grade age, but younger or older siblings would enjoy the event as well.
Having a weather-themed early literacy workshop brings answers to inquisitive minds.
“Children are very aware of the moving air, rain, snow, and simply the natural world in which they live, and that is where young children focus their attention,” Campbell said. “Children want to know how things work and they ask so many questions. This is an opportunity for families to share the ‘wow’ of exploring and learning together.”
The workshop will incorporate the five activities children need for school readiness which are simply talking, singing, reading, writing and playing together.
The event will begin with a short story time on weather. Afterward children with caregivers may explore one or all five of the weather learning stations set up in the meeting room area.
Campbell said learning stations will include, “the ever-popular wind tunnel along with experiments and activities on all things weather.”
“This early literacy event gives families an opportunity to come to the library for free educational indoor play on Saturday. I am looking forward to it,” Campbell said. “It is fun to watch families playing with the wind tunnel, testing the aerodynamics of certain objects and combinations of objects while learning new vocabulary, playing and problem-solving together.”
The Weather program is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 25, in the meeting room. Interested families can register for the event at the library, online at www.bitterrootpubliclibrary.org or by calling 406-363-1670. Registration is recommended because space is limited.
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