Science @ the Library

MVLS’s “Science @ the Library” began in 1992 with a three-fold purpose. It was developed as a means to bring science education to elementary school children and their families outside the confines of the regular classroom. It was designed to offer accessible science programming to member libraries in rural areas that otherwise would be unable to provide for these services. And most importantly, it was created to give children an opportunity to meet and collaborate with real scientists, generating positive science experiences and planting the seeds for careers in science. GE retired scientists and engineers and/or ELFUN volunteers direct and provide science classes consisting of 1 hour sessions in science fair format with hands-on experiments in energy, surface tension, buoyancy, sound, light, electricity, magnetism and chemistry. Stations are set up throughout a library, and volunteer scientists are positioned at stations to assist with the activities. Instructions also are provided at each station so the children and their families can proceed at their own pace. To create empowering opportunities for learning and teaching, teen volunteers are trained by volunteer scientists and engineers before each program to assist with instruction.


Tuesday, July 7, 2020  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Schoharie Free Library, 103 Knower Ave., Schoharie, NY 12157

Wednesday, July 22, 2020  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Northville Public Library, 341 S. Third St., Northville, NY 12134

Tuesday, July 28, 2020  4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bornt Branch, 948 State St., Schenectady, NY 12307

Wednesday, August 5, 2020  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Niskayuna Branch, 2400 Nott St., Schenectady, NY 12309

Monday, August 10, 2020  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Frothingham Free Library, 28 West Main St., Fonda, NY 12068 

Thursday, August 20, 2020  4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Mont Pleasant Branch, 1036 Crane St., Schenectady, NY 12303


MVLS Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, April 16, 2020
9:30 AM



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