• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

‘Science in Play’ leaving library at end of month

ZOE PANTALEON, 5, got to experience how gravity works while visiting Science in Play 2GO at the Woodford County Library in December. Last Thursday, Feb. 2, assistant youth services librarian Bookie Wilson said 72 children were engaged in Science in Play2Go hands-on activities before noon. “So the numbers have been exceptional. We’ve been really pleased,” Wilson said. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

The interactive “Science in Play2Go” exhibit has been a huge success at the Woodford County Library, according to assistant youth services librarian Bookie Wilson. The exhibit will end its three-month residency at the library on Sunday, Feb. 26. The traveling hands-on exhibit – made possible through a partnership with the Kentucky Science Center – has been popular among families who visit the library regularly and newcomers alike. Science in Play2Go has also been a popular field trip destination for preschools and schools, Wilson said. “But most of all,” she continued, “we’ve seen kiddos being excited about interacting with this exhibit.” They’re learning about science without knowing it. When children play with the exhibit’s roller-coaster, they don’t realize that they are also learning about mass, momentum and gravity “so the engagement has been really, really exciting and meaningful,” Wilson said. The children’s programs have also incorporated Science in Play2Go into regular activities, Wilson said. “So we’ve been able to really enhance our library programming and extend it through this exhibit,” she explained. Also, Wilson said the Woodford County Public Schools have been very supportive of Science in Play2Go, with several classes making field trips to the library so students can learn through the exhibit’s interactive play. “They’ve really partnered with us on this,” she added. With new science standards being implemented for early primary students, Science in Play2Go was an opportunity to expose young students to different science concepts, schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said. “It’s really neat for kids – especially your younger ones – to … see some hands-on science,” said Hawkins. “And with it being right here in town, the cost is very minimal as far as busing students...” Libraries across the state were invited to apply for Science in Play 2GO residencies, which will give families access to the Kentucky Science Center’s researched-based “Science in Play” activities without having to travel to Louisville. The interactive exhibit continues its public library residencies in Boyle County. Wilson said library patrons regularly ask her “what are we going to do when it’s gone?” She’s hopeful Science in Play2Go may return to Woodford County at a later date.

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