New STEM, Literacy, and Diversity Kits from Skidompha Youth Services
Have you been into the kid’s room lately? We’re thrilled about all of the new kits Jessie has been working on! Stop in soon to check one out.
Early Literacy Kits (funded by The Rotary Club and The Anonimo Foundation) for pre-K – Grades 2/3
Each early literacy kit includes 3-5 early reader books, a set of Bob (Learn to Read) books, a workbook to practice writing, pen control, tracing, and an audio CD. There are 4 literacy kit levels to choose from: the first level begins with basic word and sound recognition, and the final kit level includes early chapter books.. Each kit also includes early literacy tips for parents to encourage continued literacy education as a part of everyday life.
Music Literacy Kits (funded by The Rotary Club and The Anonimo Foundation) for pre-K – Grades 2/3
Music is one of the best ways to increase literacy—music helps kids learn words by slowing them down and making them easier to remember. Emily Arrow, a well-loved acoustic musician, has created three albums around popular picture books. Skidompha now has a kit for each album. Each kit includes the CD and all the books associated with that album.
Amplifying Black Voices Kits (Funded by Zoobean) for Grades 2 – 4
There are many books that amplify Black voices for middle grade readers (grades 4 – 8) and loads of picture books for younger readers. Skidompha was looking for resources for newly independent and younger middle grade readers, the 1st to 3rd graders. To build these kits, they focused their efforts on books written by Black authors and books that lift up Black voices and characters. These kits include 4 books in a mix of fiction and nonfiction. There are some biographies, some early chapter books, and some general nonfiction books. The kits also include a list of resources for adults who need support to begin or continue to have conversations with children about race and racism. Additionally, parenting books that address racism and help adults navigate discussions about racism with children are being added to the library collection.
Stem Kits (Funded by The Anonimo Foundation) for All Ages
Skidompha has three Nature Explorer Backpack kits from the Maine Audubon Society: birds, wildlife, and plants. Check out a backpack and a world of wildlife will open up for you and your family. Each pack has a custom-made user’s guide that walks you through each item in the backpack and provides activities, games, book lists, and more. You’ll find tips for families on how to enjoy nature, nature journal templates, simple craft ideas, and even ways to use your smartphone to connect with wildlife. Your outdoor time can now become a science-based experience that fosters environmental literacy.
MaKey MaKey Invention Kits (Funded by The Anonimo Foundation)
MaKey Makey is an invention kit for people of all ages. With MaKey Makey, you can turn everyday objects into computer keys, touchpads, and more. The inventors of MaKey MaKey suggest starting with a simple banana piano—yes, real bananas. Combine the simple keystrokes with coding and the internet, and young inventors will be well on their way to creating something unique. There are myriad possibilities with MaKey Makey. Check one out from Skidompha, and see what inspires your creativity.
This collection of kits is still growing. Please stop into the library to see what’s new!
We’re open for in-person browsing and borrowing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You can also use our curbside service to pick things up: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 – 1:00 p.m.