That’s the aim of Girls in STEM, a special evening of activities and a speaker panel with local women with careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
At 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the downtown library, a panel of three women in STEM fields will discuss their careers and what it took to get there. Activities that focus on science and technology will be available and refreshments will be served.
Door prizes, including a NASA LEGO set and copies of the young reader’s edition of Hidden Figures, will be given away as well.
The panelists will be Alynn Eggert, math and engineering teacher at St. Joseph High School; Cheryl Ann Miller, applications engineer at Shield Restraint Systems; Amanda Reynolds, programmer/analyst with Martin’s Super Markets; and Monika Felten, director of research and development at Serim Research Corp.
According to children’s librarian Allison McLean, the program comes from EPL’s NASA at My Library grant, which confirms the library’s commitment to education in the STEM area.
EPL was one of just 75 libraries nationwide selected for NASA at My Library.
Girls in STEM is one program focused on getting more women involved in the historically male-dominated fields of STEM.
“They want us to try and reach girls and women, which are underrepresented groups in NASA and other science careers,” McLean said.
“Giving girls role models and examples of women working in the field today will help them envision a future for themselves in the sciences as well.”
The program will start with STEM activities for students, refreshments and a time to mingle before the panel begins. After about 20 minutes of discussion the audience will be able to ask questions to the panelists.
Although there is a focus on young women, McLean said all families are welcome, but giving girls that are interested in the sciences role models is the aim of the program.
The Wellfield Gardens Lil’ Sprouts program, continues for the winter months inside the warm and cozy EPL.
From November to March the environmentally focused education program for preschool aged children will be held at the downtown branch, according to Jodie Papandrea, manager of volunteer and guest services for Wellfield.
“We’re so grateful for the library to partner with us, otherwise we couldn’t hold it through the winter months,” she said.
The last library hosted program will be Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m.
Papandrea said the hour-long program uses stories, music and activities to teach children about the environment.
“We usually have a story, a craft or activity, hands on learning and a couple different activities,” she said.
The date for the Lil’ Sprouts program that will be held at the library is:
It will return to the Wellfield Gardens beginning in April.
Preregistration for the program is requested so that enough materials can be provided she said. Registration is available on the Wellfield’s website or by calling the gardens at 574-266-2006.
Cheer on seven teams from local schools during the third Battle of the Books competition
Battle of the Books will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, with seven teams answering questions about the books they’ve read to claim glory for their team.
The fifth and sixth graders had 10 weeks to read 10 books, Allison McLean, children’s librarian said, emphasizing that team members may divide the reading up however they want. The winning team getting a trophy and bragging rights.
Seven teams from six Elkhart elementary schools will be competing in three rounds of questions. Teams will be representing Mary Beck, Mary Daly, Beardsley, Roosevelt, Pinewood and Cleveland elementary schools. The competition is about keeping young readers engaged and bringing a competition element to reading, an academic activity not often thought of as a competitive event.
Here are the books of the 2018 Battle of the Books:
“It’s really awesome because in fifth and sixth grade, kids lose the will to read for fun and this is a great way to keep them engaged in it,” McLean said.
“For kids that continue to read for fun this a great way for them to get recognition, children in sports are often get recognition, this is a chance for readers to get in the spotlight.”
The books will be provided by the library and returned after the program, so that it may continue in future years.
St. Patrick’s Day is really a holiday to commemorate Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, who is widely credited with mainstreaming Christianity on the island.
Popular legend is that he banished all the snakes from Ireland, but he was much more that.
Most in the world celebrate March 17 as a reason to drink and wear green.
Libations have been around for thousands and thousands of years in its many forms.
Here are some books about how to make drinks, how to drink drinks and about the adventures that the drinks can take you on.
Never developed a taste for wine? Don’t understand ABV or IBUs? Maybe it’s those ales, sours, IPAs and stouts that cause confusion. Or that all whiskey tastes like burning.
Here are a few books to help get any novice sorted and tasting like a pro.
Tasting Wine and Cheese by Adam Centamore – With the subtitle “An Insider’s Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing,” this book will help anyone understand their taste palate and make them an expert for the next wine and cheese party they attend, as well as set them up to make pairings of their own.
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammock – Creators of the eponymous website put their expertise into a book to give people an approachable introduction to wine through beautiful and informative graphics.
Tasting Whiskey by Lew Bryson – Refine your whiskey tasting skills as Bryson takes you through the different whiskey regions and helps point the unique characteristics.
The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth – Everything, literally everything, from the history, to how its made, the many, many varieties of beer, the stories and, of course, the enjoyment of it all.
Whether homebrewing or mead making has always been something you’ve wanted to try or something you’ve been doing for years, these books will get you some new recipes or just learn how to do it.
Craft Beer for the Homebrewer by Michael Agnew – Homebrewing is growing in popularity and this book shares production craft brews that are modified to be made in a kitchen, garage or basement by any homebrewer. Different styles and explanations of those styles is included.
Make Mead Like a Viking by Jereme Zimmerman – Mead is a honey-based fermented beverage with a variety of flavors ranging from wine-like to more carbonated like beer or sparkling like champagne. Zimmerman walks through the natural process, using herbs, unpasteurized honey and other items to make chemical free, healthy beverages.
The Irish Spirit by Margaret M. Johnson – Taking some of Ireland’s classic recipes and adding a new spin with Irish beverages and different flavors. Be inspired to cook with Irish drinks.
How to Brew by John J. Palmer – A definitive guide for making beers at home, the fourth edition of this book is sure to give you everything from simple recipes to brew for a first timer to working with more advanced multi-grain recipes.
Experimental Homebrewing by Drew Beechum and Denny Conn – If it’s the stranger concoctions you’re after, this book covers making beers with ingredients such as bacon, peanut butter and more. Delve into experimental recipes and even learn how to tweak and experiment on your own.
Grab a book to read while you’re sipping on your favorite beverage.
Oh, Beautiful Beer by Harvey Shepard – A collection of the best looking and most innovative craft beer label and logo designs. Each one tells the story of the brewery, its location and together help shape the history of beer.
A Hedonist in the Cellar by Jay McInerney – Called the ‘best wine writer in America’ this book is a collection of McInerney’s essays and writings about wines around the world. Full of wit, wisdom and opinions, this book will surely entertain and delight any wine or literary enthusiast.
Everyday Drinking by Kingsley Amis – A volume of three of Amis’s works on drinks, it includes recipes and thoughts on hangovers, eating and drinking and of course, the writer’s famous comic wit.
Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die by Chris Santella – The author talked to world beer experts to build trips to the best places to drink beer in numerous countries and even right here in the USA. It includes suggestions for tours, airports, the best time to visit and even hotels.
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