A Moment of Science – STEM at the Library



What is STEM?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The National Science Foundation says, “In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy.

To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.”




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BOB Book Winner 2018 – Fantasy

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke


Have you ever wondered what would happen if a character in a book you were reading suddenly came to life?  Meggie’s father is a book binder. Nine years ago he read a story aloud called “Inkheart” and accidentally released an evil character from the book into our world!  Whenever this happens, of course, a living person is always sent back into the book to replace the one that is let out.  That’s why Meggie’s mother disappeared.  Now Meggie and her father – and a mysterious man called Dustfinger- have to flee from the villain and find the author for help.

This is book one of a trilogy. Each chapter begins with a quote from a children’s classic where book lovers are given a hint about what may happen next.

Beware of Chapter 14!

“The reason there’s no use looking,” said Mr. Beaver, “is that we know already where he’s gone!”  Everyone stared in amazement.  “Don’t you understand?” said Mr. Beaver.  “He’s gone to her, to the White Witch.  He has betrayed us all.” – C. S. Lewis,  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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BOB Book Winner 2018 – SciFi

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger & Paul Delinger

Fitting in at Vanguard One Middle school is already tough for Max. Vice Principal Barbara is a supercomputer who controls everything.  She is very strict and there are lots of rules to follow. Now she has assigned Max the task of helping a government-issued robot named Fuzzy assimilate.  Fuzzy is part of a Robot Integration Program(RIP) that is supposed to teach computers to think for themselves.  Both Fuzzy and Max  have to comply with the Vice Principal’s oppressive demands and struggle with the anti-robot prejudices of others.  What could go wrong?

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BOB Book Winner 2018 – Multicultural

Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan

This book records the actions of two boys during their first week of middle school. Joe is big for his age and suffers from a learning disability, and Ravi is a new boy from India who has a thick accent. They think they have nothing in common, but both are in need of a friend. They become united by a common enemy – the school bully.

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BOB Book Winner 2018 – Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels -GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier

The main character in this story, Catrina, has a younger sister who suffers from Cystic-Fibrosis.  Their family moves to a Hispanic community near the ocean hoping the air will help her be able to breathe better. Each year the town celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Catrina, does not want to hear about the ghosts because she is afraid of death and fearful of losing her little sister. Maya, however, is eager to meet a ghost because she wants to know what happens after you die. The author tells us that “Ghosts” was inspired in part by the death of her cousin Sabina at age 13 to cancer. (Look closely and you will see a note on a tree to Sabina in the book.)

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