McCracken County Public Library opens science center program

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – The McCracken County Public Library is giving kids a different way to play in its science center.

Open until September, the Science Center Program is open to the public. The program was supposed to open in 2020 but was postponed due to COVID-19.

“A lot of kindergarteners, first graders who haven’t had a traditional schooling experience, so having programs like this on the floor where they can both learn and socialize at the same time is crucial,” said Matt Jaeger, School Outreach Coordinator McCracken County Public Library.

The library is mixing fun with learning. Library Director Justin Brasher says the goal is to bring the science to the children.

“For kids who can’t go to museums or larger metropolitan areas that have these fabulous science museums, science and play and the Kentucky Science Center brings those things to our library to kids to be accessible,” Brasher said.

The Science Center based in Louisville, Kentucky has branched out to the McCracken County library.

The science and play exhibit is a fundamental learning activity for all children. It helps with social interaction, motor skills and loose parts to create and share what they’re doing with science.

“They can get into our science themes,” said Tamsyn Vertrees, Education Specialist, Kentucky Science Center. “Right now, we’re doing ocean and animal habitats. So they’re learning. They’re exploring. They’re making those first century stem skills happen.”

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