How much time does a soccer goalie have to react to a penalty kick? Using a scale, determine which of nine identical-looking balls weights more. Can you determine which one weighs more in 4, 3, or 2 attempts? What was Hadrian's Wall and who did it keep out? How many attempts will it take you to turn on all the lights?
These are just some of the things are Summer Online Academy (SOA) kids are investigating and learning here at the library or online at home! As part of our Stop Summer Loss! program the SOA kids, over the past month, have mastered roughly 46 subjects, earned 39 badges, and amassed just over 125,000 points! The topics being practiced range from 1st grade math to Algebra, Roman history to Mozart and computer programing!
It is not too late to join the fun! The month of August is a great time to refresh last year's learning or jump start your child's readiness for the upcoming year! To learn more or register email us at StopSummerLoss@MercerAreaLibrary.org, come by the library and pick up a registration form, or download a form right here.
Calling All Toddlers & Preschoolers! Come to our Weekly Play Time!
Beginning Wednesday, June 11th, from 10:00 to 12:00, the library will provide a weekly playtime, where toddlers and preschoolers can listen to music, play with toys, and interact with others in the neighborhood. We will put out toys for the children to play with while the adults also play & chat. Parents or caregivers are free to bring snacks and drinks for the children to enjoy, as well as toys for the children to play with. We will happily accept donations of additional age-appropriate toys to add to our current collection.
“Play is the foundation for all learning for young children, and giving your child the time and a few basic toys can provide her with a variety of valuable learning opportunities. Play is how children begin to understand and process their world. Children's play unlocks their creativity and imagination, and develops reading, thinking, and problem solving skills as well as further develops motor skills. It provides the base foundation for learning.” Taken from: http://www.education.com/magazine/article/play-preschool-matters/
GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN THE LIBRARY!
We now have a Keurig coffee maker set up so that you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you are spending time in the library. There is a $.75 charge per cup, to cover the cost of the supplies and enable us to provide this service. Over the next few weeks we will be adding to our beverage selection. We are open to your suggestions and want to hear about your favorite flavors.
***You can now join our Friends group online Just go to the "Friends of the Library" tab on the navigation bar, select "Become a Member," and fill out the online form. To learn more about the Friends group and the many ways they help and support the library, click the "Friends of the Library" tab on the navigation bar.
Get ebooks for free! Those of you with iPods, smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, or other digital devices now have the opportunity to borrow digital content from the library for free! With your library card you have access to ebooks, audiobooks, and music with the click of a button. Check out our digital library using the Overdrive button on the right-hand side of this page. Remember, we are always here to help you to use the library's resources. If you would like one-on-one personal assistance in using our digital materials, feel free to come into the library with your ereader and we will gladly answer your questions.