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Science - smallWhat is Summer Science @ Your Library?
Summer Science @ Your Library is a hands-on active  experience with science in the summertime. Libraries  are welcome to download our starter kit with free reproducible materials.

Why Summer Science @ Your Library?
Just as children can lose reading ability over the summer,  their science abilities can diminish as well. Kids who stay active with science continue to develop their proficiency.

How can I do Summer Science @ My Library?
Here are three easy options to get you started with bringing science to your library:

  1. Science and Reading Log with Quick Start Activities
    Try combining the Summer Reading and Science Log into one page. Kids follow a simple path using stickers to mark each completed Science Exploration. A Quick Start Activities list provides a fast, low cost option to get you started.
    Estimated Printing Cost: 5 cents per page
    Download free science and reading logs:
    2011 - pdf (685 kb), MS Publisher (2.1mb)
    2012 - pdf (1.1mb), MS Publisher (4.8 mb)
    Download free Quick Start Activities: MS Word (17 kb)
    Download free Science Finisher Certificate: MS Publisher (192 kb)
    Download free Science Weekly Prize Drawing Form: MS Publisher (165 kb)

  2. Summer Science Guidebook
    In order to help kids and parents be successful, provide a  guidebook which features ideas and instructions for twenty  science explorations. You can also offer a separate Preschool  Science Booklet for younger kids.
    Estimated Printing Cost: 85 cents per guidebook
    Download free Summer Science Guidebooks:
    2010 - MS Publisher (2.2 mb)
    2011 - MS Publisher (2.9 mb)
    2012 -pdf (1.9 mb), MS Publisher (15.8 mb)
  3. Programming
    1. Preschool Stories and Science features weekly sessions with a story and a Science Demonstration, followed by craft and science activity tables just right for ages 3-6.
      Cost: varies.
      Download free Preschool Stories and Science information:
      Preschool Stories and Science Notes - MS Word (280 kb)
      Preschool Stories and Science Supplemental Handouts - MS Word (2.9 mb)
      Preschool Stories and Science Booklet - MS Publisher (4.6 mb)
    2. Science Classes are a series of hands-on classes for grades 1-5, presented by experts from local science museums. Consider contracting with local science museums or other professionals to provide this program.
      Cost: varies.
    3. Tabletop Science Activities are rotating activities stationed in the Children’s Room for drop in use. Some can be purchased; some you can make yourself.
      Cost: varies.

Summer Science @ Your Library: It Works!

Here are some comments from past Summer Science participants:

We put 7 mentos in a big bottle of soda. It exploded!
Sam (age 6)

It is neat how we can experience so many different things through our senses... but, “I still don’t like the sour of lemon.”
TJ (age 5) and Dad

My science exploration was amazing! I never thought I could do that stuff! It is fun
because it is interesting.
Evelyn (age 3) and Mom

I made sugar crystals in a glass jar. They grew on wooden skewer sticks. It was really interesting watching them grow.
Valerie (age 9)

I tripped and fell and scraped my tummy. I have been watching how my body heals. Taking the scab off was the most fun.
Cole (age 3) and Mom

For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Steven Engelfried at 503-570-1592 or

Last updated: 7/3/2012 9:43:07 AM