STEAM – Discover, Explore and Learn at your Local Library

STEAM – Discover, Explore and Learn at your Local Library

The STEAM programme aims to give children the opportunity to engage with and explore science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) subjects in a fun and stimulating environment.

Kildare Library Service is conscious that STEAM subjects are at the heart of a very wide variety of professions and will be the skills children today will need to take part in building the world of our future. These events have been organised by Kildare Library Service with the support of other organisations such as the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC), the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG).

By encouraging parents and teachers to bring children to visit the library this programme raises an awareness of what the modern public library service has to offer them. The library is seen as a fun and welcoming place to visit where young people can avail of the opportunity to try new things and get involved in their local community.

These demonstrations and workshops are all free of charge. They take place during school hours and can be booked for primary schools by contacting your local library.

STEAM – Discover, Explore and Learn Free Support & Services Available to Teachers & Schools

There are many ways in which Kildare Library Service can support your school. There is no charge for library membership. This entitles your students to avail of our facilities free of charge. We are very happy to welcome children whether it’s for research, class visits or a special occa- sion like an author visit or a workshop.

Block Loans: This entitles teachers to borrow up to 40 books at a time. The lending period is 8 weeks. No fines are levied on block loans.

Class Visits: If you wish to bring a class to the library please book a time slot. The class can then borrow books and get to know the library.

Class Sets: We have a list of titles available as class sets. There are 35 books in each class set. They can be borrowed for 8 weeks on your block loan card. No fines are levied on class sets. If you have suggestions for titles you think would be suitable for inclusion in our collection please let us know.

Reading Series Material: We have an extensive collection of material suitable for Developing Readers, Newly Confident Readers, Confident Readers and Reluctant Readers.

Project Support: If you are planning a class project please let us know in advance. We can ensure that we have a useful selection of titles available to the class when they visit the library.

ELF Collection: Aimed at junior and senior infant classes we have the ELF Collection (Early Learning Fun) which is four sets of approximately 30 titles, grouped together under the four themes of the Aistear Curriculum Framework. The themes are: Communication, Well-being, Exploring and Thinking, and Identity and Belonging. The sets can be borrowed on a block loan card and used in the classroom as support when you are covering a theme.

Rua the Library Squirrel and Oíche the Library Owl: Rua and Oíche are our library mascots for young children and you can book them to visit your school. A staff member will accompany Rua or Oíche and read stories or talk to the children about the library and how much fun reading can be.

Throughout the year we run lots of exciting events for children: author visits, film screenings, story sessions, reading festivals, arts in libraries programmes, creative writing workshops, book clubs and much more.

We are always open to working with teachers to support new ideas for literacy or numeracy projects. If you have an idea for a project you would like to pilot during this school year please get in touch and we will be happy to work with you.

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These demonstrations and workshops are all free of charge. They take place during school hours and can be booked for primary schools by contacting your local library.

To be informed of these and other events at your local library, please check or contact library staff in your local branch.

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