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Apr 11

Tarantulas and sea slugs take over the library!

Posted on April 11, 2015 at 10:58 pm by Clay Curtin

With the current school emphasis on STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and the California Next Generation Science Standards, the library has been exploring new programs that bring the sciences alive for children and support the learning they receive in our local schools. In February, SaveNature.org brought the Insect Discovery Lab to the library and children learned about the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions and more. This week the Marine Sciences Lab brought a portable version of their Discovery Lab to the library, along with live marine animals from the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Sea snails hermit crabs anemones and other marine animals, including a small eel, that inhabit our local tide pools were all introduced in their natural habitat. For both the insects and the marine programs, an important component of the program was the safe, supervised contact with the insects and marine animals. Programs like these facilitate active learning, observation and critical thinking and an introduction to the extraordinarily diverse work of nature. The library’s collections of science books fly off the shelves following these programs, demonstrating that the exciting nature programs lead to a desire to learn more about what they got to see and to touch. The library will be presenting several more science programs throughout the year including an extravaganza in November that will take over the entire building.

Marine Science Institute