Geometry & art at the library

Kids made eye-catching wall art with paint and masking tape at Mentor Public Library.

Kids made eye-catching wall art with paint and masking tape at Mentor Public Library.

We mixed geometry and art during our most recent STEAM program at the library.

Kids made mixed-media collages using basic shapes — for example, turning ovals into clouds and making ice-cream cones from circles and triangles.

They also painted eye-popping wall art using masking tape to separate the colorful shapes.

For those who aren’t familiar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math. And we have several programs, services, books and videos for families that want to learn more about any of these topics.

For example, our Picking Up STEAM Club meets each month at our Lake Branch to explore the weird and wonderful world of science and math. The next meeting is 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. We’re learning about sound and music.

Our Lake Branch also has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.

Additionally, kids can check out the new STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.

Furthermore, our Main Branch is hosting another STEAM program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24. This time we’re focusing on math.

Finally, don’t forget about the thousands of books and videos we have to offer. Whatever niche of science, technology or art your child cares about, we can help them learn more about it.

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