Free science-based children’s program at Vandergrift Public Library


A free biology-themed program led by a Carnegie Science Center educator is coming to Vandergrift Public Library.

“Science in the Summer” will be offered in two sessions; 5-6 p.m. for grades 2-3 and 6:15-7:15 p.m. for grades 4-6, August 9-10 at the library located at 128 C Washington Ave.

Last year, the program was held virtually due to the pandemic.

This summer it’s back in person, and library organizers are eager to fill all the sessions.

“It’s exciting to offer a learning program throughout the summer. Something that interests and excites children,” said Kelsey Lege, director of children’s programs at the Vandergrift Public Library.

The two-day program is shorter this summer, dropping from four days, but Vandergrift Library Director Vanessa Groholski said the library is committed and determined to play a vital role in the community by providing innovative programs .

“These programs fill an educational gap and encourage learning and exploration,” Groholski said. “The program aims to inspire the next generation of scientists by providing children with the opportunity to embody scientific careers, think scientifically, practice authentic techniques, and of course, have fun.”

Aly Toy, staff educator and program presenter at the Carnegie Science Center, will lead the classes.

“Kids who sign up should know that we’re going to think like a scientist during our hour and see some really cool and fun things. Bring good attitudes and an open mind,” said Aly Toy, Education Coordinator at Carnegie Science Center.

Funding for the program is made possible by the Philadelphia-based Franklin Institute and GSK, a global biopharmaceutical company.

“Any chance to explore and get dirty, the kids are always there,” Lege said.

Children can expect to focus on various areas of biology such as paleontology, plants, wildlife, and fisheries.

Lege said there are 18 openings left and interested attendees can register by calling the library at 724-568-2212.

Joyce Hanz is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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