MakerLAB: Structures and Chain Reactions

We are always looking for great, simple, kid-tested activities for our MakerLAB. We found this idea via Pinterest (of course!) from Frugal Fun 4 Boys. Miss Susan set up a few building challenges for the kids to complete. Then we used cups and popsicle sticks for a chain reaction. I have a video, but can’t figure out how to post it! But, in the end, it was tons of fun.

P.S. Best question of the day, “Miss Jean, did you eat all these popsicles?”


Take Your Child to the Library Day 2015



What is Take Your Child to the Library Day? Well in 2012, Nadine Lipman, a children’s librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, came up with the idea for Take Your Child to the Library Day and selected the first Saturday in February as the annual day of celebration. The idea gained popularity immediately, and librarians started planning special events, programs, and displays. Now it has gone International! There is currently 506 libraries in 44 states,  Canadian province as well as Senegal, St. Croix and St. Thomas … and the list keeps growing. The Burnham Library will be celebrating by hosting a day for families to join together and enjoy all that our library has to offer.

  • Every child will receive a stick and bookmark
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut
  • See what’s NEW: mini-MakerSpace and revamped Play Area
  • Play on the Wii
  • Read a book (or two) together.
  • Or just hang out!

For more information and a complete lists of participating libraries visit:

Take Your Child to the Library Day Blog

Take Your Child to the Library Day on Facebook

Techsplorers: Squishy Circuits

So excited to have Chris Fisher back for the school year. This year he will be doing a series of programs called Techsplorers. He and the kiddos will be exploring all that is STEM. First up … Squishy Circuits.

What is STEM? It is a push toward education and integrated curriculum policies in order to improve our children’s competitiveness in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (an alternate version is STEAM which adds Art to the mix). Want to learn more? STEM Education Coalition ; Why Science ; Girl Starts.

We also own a fantastic series of books in the 21st Century Skills Innovation Library: Makers As Innovators which discuss Squishy Circuits, 3D Labs, MakerSpaces and more ….