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2019•08 - BCPL Newsletter

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discover... BOONE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY AUGUST 2019 Discover Boone County Public Library . . .because "Eureka" moments happen here. Block Party is a hands-on, STEM-inspired traveling exhibit designed to introduce young children to engineering, math, and creative concepts through play. Block Party will be on display at the Main Library from August 12 through October 17. "We created an exhibit around blocks and different building materials because they're incredible toys that build 21st century skills in a fun way," said Lindy Hoyer, Executive Director of Omaha Children's Museum. "Playing with blocks helps children develop a number of skills, includ- ing mathematical, problem solving, and spatial reasoning skills. It's a form of play that inspires adults to join in the fun, creating a wonderful bonding experience for the child." Block Party features 13 activity stations, some with specific building challenges, and others with free play opportunities. Prompts throughout the exhibit will help adults encourage critical think- ing by providing sample open-ended questions or activity ideas. The exhibit features a LEGO® wall, LEGO soft play bricks, builder boards, and an activity station where children can construct a building and evaluate its durability on a quake table. In addition, children will enjoy the over-sized build- ing blocks made of foam, carboard, and plywood for large construction. The exhibit also includes 8 build tables with 8 unique block styles: • Magneatos • IO Blocks • Twig Blocks • Wood Blocks • Squigz Suction Construction Toys • LEGO Bricks • Magna Tiles • Dado Cubes This exhibit was produced by Omaha Children's Museum. Omaha Children's Muse- um is a special place where children can chal- lenge themselves, discover how the world works and learn through play. The mission of Omaha Children's Museum is to engage the imagina- tion and create excitement about learning. NEW EXHIBIT at the Main Library! L Boone County Public Library BCP

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