Full STEAM Ahead to Children’s Learning!

Get kids ready for the upcoming school year with STEAM materials they can check out online or in print for Curbside Pickup with Abbot Public Library! If you are new to our Curbside Pickup Service, please carefully read these instructions for how to reserve items and set up an appointment to pick them up after they come in.

Hoopla’s STEAM Lookbook Collection has a number of items for students of all levels. STEAM Lab For Kids not only has science projects, but Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math activities as well. The book explores the connection between art and other STEM subjects, giving kids tools for problem solving and critical thinking. Check out even more fun projects in Math Art and Drawing Games for Kids which combine artistic skills with STEM concepts, such as making pixel art with graph paper. Overdrive also has fun STEM activity ebooks such as STEM Lab, in which you can learn concepts by racing wind up cars or making a homemade guitar.

A similar book in print format to reserve for Curbside Pickup is 100 Easy STEAM Activities: Awesome Hands-On Projects for Aspiring Artists and Engineers. Included are games and projects to help kids learn concepts in science, technology, engineering, art, and math such as shaving cream rain clouds or a pool noodle obstacle course. 

For young science lovers, the Bill Nye the Science Guy DVDs may be just the thing to help kids learn about friction, animals, light optics, pressure, energy, and more! During Curbside Pickup service, there is no checkout fee for DVDs, so you can explore science with Bill Nye for free! Some fictional characters that can help kids learn about STEM concepts are Ada Twist, Scientist (in print and on Overdrive/Libby app and hoopla) and Rosie Revere, Engineer (in print and on Overdrive/Libby app and hoopla).

These are just a few of the library’s offerings! Browse through hoopla’s STEAM Lookbook Collection or search for more online science, technology, engineering, art, and math items for kids on hoopla and Overdrive/the Libby app, or reserve physical titles through the library catalog for Curbside Pickup. Read about how the Curbside Service works here.

Boston Children’s Museum April Make-A-Thon Challenge

Looking for creative ways to keep your little ones engaged at home? Missing visits to the Boston Children’s Museum? We’ve got you covered!

Boston Children’s Museum presents their first ever Make-A-Thon. The challenge: during the month of April, invent and build something that can help somebody using recycled materials. Check out the Museum’s website for more information.

For some inspiration to get your little global citizens and mini makers going, check out the following titles, available (free with your Marblehead library card!) through our e-collections:

On hoopla:

Inventions That Could Have Changed The World…But Didn’t! by Joe Rhatigan

Simple Inventions series by Liz Huyck

Rad Recycled Art: Easy-to-Make Recycled Projects by Emily Kington

Crafting With Recyclables by Dana Meachen Rau

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (also available on audio — check out the movie and Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers, too!)

On Libby: 

Project Kid by Amanda Kingloff

The Kids’ Book of Simple Machines by Kelly Doudna

Smithsonian Maker Lab by Jack Challoner

Good luck and happy inventing!