Dig Into Reading: Garden Science Corner

At the Verona Public Library, where I am working LTE for the summer, they have a science corner in the children’s section.  This area revolves around a theme and then incorporates books, interactive activities, posters, and iPad apps about that theme.  The theme this summer is Gardening and it has been my little baby for the past couple of weeks.  Here is a picture of the corner:

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It’s not huge but it has a lot of fun stuff and is constantly busy!

Alright let’s get into the nitty gritty of the science corner!  One area has the light table with laminates of butterflies and little clovers and a poster behind that of insects (because insects and butterflies are in gardens!).  The laminates and light table were from a previous science corner theme, which was of course butterflies.  The poster is from DK Eyewitness (I can’t find it on their website!) and the library already had that as well.

Between the light table and the bookcase is a BIG poster of a plant and it’s roots.  One of the other librarians actually found this as they were cleaning out the storytime closet.  It is AWESOME and is a great addition to the science corner.  I may have done a little jig when they found it.

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Next to that is the bookcase.  Quite simply, this one is stocked with a bunch of books about gardening and gardens– of all different kinds!  There are even some there about how to start your own garden and food that you can eat out of your garden.  I just basically went to the 635 area of our nonfiction (dewey) and picked out a bunch of books from the juvenile and picture book nonfiction sections.  I have also been keeping an eye on it to keep it stocked as kids check books out.

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The next section is the kids favorite area- the iPad!  I found a few different garden apps that also had a bit of science in them and added them to the iPad.  A few that I found are in my SRP 13 pinterest board.  I also printed off a few different coloring sheets about plants and gardens and set them out with some of the “crappy” crayons that we don’t use as much in storytime anymore (they crayons really are fine though!)

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The poster in the background is also in my SRP 13 board.  As kids colored their pictures I had a note hung up inviting them to write their names and hand it to a librarian to hang it up.

And now for my favorite part about the science corner: MY SEEDS!

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I got Lima Bean, Pea, and Squash seeds and planted them in ziploc baggies!  This was super simple and is turning out way better than I expected.  All you need to do is wet a paper towel, stick it in the baggie, and add a couple seeds!  I also labeled the bags with the dates they were “planted” and what type of seed it is and taped it to the window.  I have been planting them each Wednesday for the past three Wednesday’s so the kids can compare the roots and seeds as they grow!  Here are some up close pictures:

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I love how each plant has it’s own distinctive way of budding, sprouting, and different looking leaves!

 

Now, I cannot talk about the fabulous Science Corner without talking about why it is possible!
The Verona Public Library, and the community in general, has an awesome relationship with a local business- Epic Systems.  Epic is AMAZING in giving to the library.  The Science Corner is fully funded by Epic through a grant to encourage science.  They also recently gave a grant to promote healthy eating and lifestyle programming for the library!  Here are articles about how awesome Epic is:

Epic Delivers More 100k Community Grants

Epic Delivers Another Round of Grants