Telling Tales with Tangrams

Kids assemble their shapes into different pictures during our tangram program.

Kids assemble their shapes into different pictures during our tangram program.

Kids used tangrams to tell tales last week at the library.

If you’ve never heard of tangrams, they’re like a puzzle – originating in China – made of seven different shapes.

We decorated tangrams, using the shapes to make pictures and the pictures to tell stories.

The Tangram Tales were one of our STEAM programs. For those who don’t know, STEAM is an acronym that stands for Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math. The tangrams combine arts and math, specifically geometry.

We have a lot more resources for any family interested in any facet of STEAM (and that’s pretty much everyone), including:

And here are five resources we have for any family that want to learn more about these topics.

  1. The Curious Kids Club that meets each month at our Lake Branch to explore the weird and wonderful world of science. The next meeting is 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. We’re learning about hearts (because it’s almost Valentine’s Day) and the body.
  2. 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.
  3. Additionally, kids can check out the 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.
  4. Our Main Branch is hosting another STEAM program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26. This time we’re focusing on math.
  5. We also have a new coding club at our newest location — The HUB (which is inside Mentor High School.) Join us at 4:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. In this self-paced club, kids (fourth grade and higher) can earn badges as they reach certain milestones. Earn all the badges to become a Programming Wizard! The next meeting is Feb. 5.

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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