Kate Davis, 9, pressed her nose against the glass door at the Mountain View Library and waited for the clock to hit 2:30 p.m.
On the other side of the door, a librarian worked to stock craft stations with salt and string and other supplies. Wednesday’s activities, aimed at elementary-age kids, included making slime out of borax and glue and using food coloring and soap to make rainbow patterns in pools of milk.
“Every video online looked really cool,” said Rebecca Graham, testing the latter experiment on a paper plate in between setting up the tables.
A longtime school librarian who began working at the Mountain View branch earlier this year, Graham said the library sees a lot of activity. This afternoon, more than a dozen people crowded around the library computers or sat and read books and newspapers.
“We get a lot of use,” Graham said. “It’s needed.”
She opened the doors to the classroom promptly at 2:30 p.m., and Kate was waiting. It didn’t take long for several other kids to join her.
Besides the free weekly science workshops, the public library hosts a variety of other summer workshops for students in kindergarten through high school.
Explore and Experiment
- Science activities for grades K-8
- Wednesdays, May 28 – July 30, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Summer Reading Celebration
- Art, science and music activities (varies) for grades K-8
- Thursdays, June 4 – July 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Teen Video Workshops
- Video classes for teens 12-18, equipment provided
- Friday June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25, August 8 and 15 from 4-6 p.m.
- Reading for kindergratners
- Saturday June 14, July 12 and August 9 at 2:30 p.m.
- Reading for families of all ages
- Saturday June 7, June 21 and July 5 at 2:30 p.m.
- Lego fun for grades K-8
- Saturday May 31, June 28, July 26 and August 23 at 2:30 p.m.