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Kids Reading across rhode island summer programs

Program Dates and Locations / Flyer

  • June 20, 6:30pm Westerly Library
  • June 27, 11am Louttit Library, West Greenwich
  • July 8, 6:30pm Cranston Public Library
  • July 10, 10:30am Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, Johnston
  • July 10, 2:30pm North Scituate Public Library
  • July 10, 6:30pm Hope Public Library
  • July 11, 1pm East Smithfield Public Library
  • July 30, 2pm North Smithfield Public Library
  • August 1, 10am Portsmouth Free Public Library
  • August 1, 11:30am Newport Public Library
  • August 5, 10:30am Tiverton Public Library
  • August 7, 11am Island Free Library, Block Island
  • August 8, 11am West Warwick Public Library
  • August 9, 11am Langworthy Library, Hopkinton
  • August 14, 10:30am Kingston Free Library
  • August 15, 2pm Pawtucket Public Library
  • August 15, 6:30pm Cross’ Mills Public Library, Charlestown

We are thrilled to announce that Renee Gamba, Director of the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium is the 2019 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island Chair!  Renee will be offering free drop in programming to libraries across the state this summer! To schedule your drop in session, email Renee directly at: Rgamba@providenceri.gov

“Bringing together children and families from all over Rhode Island to learn about space this summer through the annual statewide summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories – Un Universo de Historias,” is very exciting. I am thrilled to be the 2019 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island Honorary Chair. All summer long, RI public libraries are offering free programs inspired by Sanity & Tallulah – and we’ll be doing lots of fun, hands-on learning about our universe. I am looking forward to being part of inspiring children and families to be enthusiastic about looking up at the sky and, as said by a fellow educator named Kaci Heins at Space Center Houston, “DARE MIGHTY THINGS.””

Summary of Events:
As part of this program I am planning to bring Explore Earth & Space science to libraries; different than the school group workshop programs offered at the museum.  The Explore Science: Earth & Space events facilitated at libraries in partnership with the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium are part of a nationwide celebration of educational programs designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science. These exciting events offered throughout Rhode Island provide an opportunity to connect with current NASA science research and explore Earth and space phenomena.

The Explore Science: Earth & Space events will include exciting science, take-home materials, and engaging discussion about science and society. Participants will have a chance to launch stomp rockets, learn how to pack a space telescope, make and investigate craters, and much more! These fun activities introduce guests to the ongoing research happening at NASA in the fields of heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics, and allow them to get hands-on with Earth and space science concepts.
The Explore Science: Earth & Space project is led by the Science Museum of Minnesota, in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net). Throughout spring and summer of 2017, events are taking place at over 250 museums and institutions throughout the country.

Additional contact information:

Renée Gamba, Director
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Roger Williams Park
1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence RI 02907

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