The Carlinville Library offers science kits as a resource

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CARLINVILLE — A new resource at the Carlinville Public Library will help children enjoy the wonders of science and technology.

The library has received funding through the Science Kit Grants for Public Libraries program, which is used for a selection of circulating hands-on science kits on a variety of topics.

The program is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The Carlinville Library was one of 10 to receive the grant in a 10-state region.

The program caters to interests and needs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“I’m so thrilled that we can offer this,” said Hannah Miller, director of the Carlinville Public Library. “I think our customers will really appreciate it. These kits have a lot to offer and a lot to learn.

Eight different kits will eventually be available to customers and will cover topics such as green energy, electricity, gravity, building and bridge construction, solar energy and chemistry. A special offer is a Carlinville Pollinator Kit, reflecting local interest and efforts to create pollinator habitats.

Telescopes will also be available for children and adults.

“They’re entry-level and really are for everyone,” Miller said. “We expect them to be very popular, along with everything else.”

The kits will be available in the coming weeks, and should be checked on an adult’s card. There is also a special agreement that must be signed.

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