4-H STEM Challenge: Galactic Quest

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Most libraries today strive to include STEM activities among their children’s programming. As with so many things, though, this is easier said than done. It is often difficult to find creative, fresh – and above all, affordable – ideas for science and technology programs. If this describes you, be sure to check out the 4-H Club's annual STEM Challenge.

This year's four-activity kit, Galactic Quest, is "focused on the mysteries and adventures of space exploration." (Read more about contents and learning objectives here
.) Family kits, which include materials for 1-4 builders, are normally $19.95. Educator kits, which include materials for 10-12 participants, are typically $32.95.

While supplies last, though, the Public Library Association is currently donating a limited number of Galactic Quest kits to libraries. Applicants need only have membership in some chapter of the American Library Association (including United for Libraries, the association’s Friends of the Library arm).
 Click here to apply via GoogleForm.

2022 Minnesota Book Awards Finalists Announced

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Over the weekend, judges from across the state convened to select the finalist slates for the 34th annual Minnesota Book Awards. Click here to read up on the 36 books honored, which run the gamut from children’s literature, to poetry, to nonfiction on topics relating specifically to Minnesota.

While we’re on the subject: Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 26. For the first time since 2019, authors and readers will gather in person for the announcement and celebration of the winners. In addition to the program proper, this gala will include an “epilogue” reception with book sales and signings from your favorite authors.

Tickets for the spring Minnesota Book Awards gala at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts are now available for the low price of $22. Seats may sell out, so consider
 reserving yours today.

The Minnesota Book Awards are coordinated by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library in that organization’s special capacity as the Library of Congress designated Minnesota Center for the Book.