Special programs at both branches: check back often!

These programs are happening! They are not cancelled, as so many library programs & events have had to be during this pandemic era.

MMPL STEAM Program 2020-21: Craft in a Bag

Spend some fun time creating and experimenting at home & reading with your kids and teens!

Thanks to the generous support from the Friends of the Mississippi Mills Public Library, the library can offer a monthly STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) themedCraft in a Bag”  for kids and one for teens, this fall and winter. Each bag contains all the materials, instructions and some surprises for an afternoon of crafts, science & technology experiments, coding & math games as well as“how-to” instructions to help you search for complimentary reading materials in our library catalogue.

The teen and/or kid “Craft in a Bag” are available to order as of the 1st of each month by email at almontelib@missmillslibrary.com or by phone at 613 256-1037. Please note “Craft in a Bag” does not include basic supplies like glue, scissors, tape and crayons, but the library offers a FREE “Starter Kit Bag” by request that includes these supplies. All bags can be picked up in Almonte or Pakenham.

Each month’s bags have different themes. Pictures/videos of contents are posted to the MMPL STEAM Program 2020-2021 Facebook Group. Please join our Facebook group and share your family’s creations!

Bags with craft materials are for you to keep, but if you request other library materials (books, movies, audiobooks, etc.) with your bags, you can return them later in the bins or the book drop, when you come to the library.

Stay tuned for more news about STEAM after-school programming at the library this fall and winter!

An example, September’s STEAM Craft in a Bag for TEENS – JELL-O LENSES: BENDING LIGHT – is below.

Update: all workshops are now FULL

Mississippi Mills Public Library is excited to welcome Scientists in School (www.scientistsinschool.ca/ ), who will lead fun, hands-on virtual STEM workshops, live, by a presenter, wherever YOU are. These workshops are designed for children aged 4-12 and all of the materials for the investigations are sent ahead for the young scientists.

We are offering four online science workshops in November and December. There are 15 spaces available for each one of these free interactive programs and registration is required in order to participate. After registering, the Mississippi Mills Public Library will contact you directly to arrange for you to pick up the program materials and to send you the link to access the live presentation.

Registration is open now for the first workshop by email to babaroa@mississippimills.ca or by phone:  613-256-1037

The first workshop is November 14, 2-3pm – Sticky Science – Get sticky with it! Discover the science of sticky. Make your own glue from food products and test them to see how they hold. Create your own sticky art. And of course, there will be silly putty!

Keep an eye out for when registration opens for the upcoming online workshops on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mississippimillspubliclibrary Upcoming workshops are:

Up and Down, All Around!– Explore how things move! Discover the science behind a magic trick, defy gravity by creating a balancing bird, and engineer an elastic racer to chase down Newton’s Laws. We’ll be on the move!

Candy Chemistry – Discover the surprising science hiding in a bag of Skittles. Explore solubility, buoyancy, reactivity and investigate the odds of finding your favourite colour. How sweet it is!

Mix it Up! – Learning chemistry is fun when it is all about food. Investigate solubility, explore dilutions and have fun making a suspension you can mold. Welcome to the wonderful world of food science.

Gabe, the robotics teacher, on the left

Update: all workshops are now FULL

Learn Robotics at the Mississippi Mills Public Library!

We are offering six Robotic workshops at the Almonte Branch. Ages 8-15

Saturdays 10 am to 1pm with a 15 min. break.

Only eight participants per workshop following Covid-19 measures.

Register here or call 613-256-1037. If demand for registration is high, priority will be given to Mississippi Mills library patrons. If you live in Mississippi Mills and do not have a library card, please visit the Almonte or Pakenham branch or call 613-25-1037 to apply for a FREE membership.

Each workshop consists of a challenge designed to teach students the concepts that make up basic robotics and mechanical engineering. Challenges are geared toward a student who has never programmed or built a robot before.

November 7 – The Sumo Challenge 

This challenge is always a favorite: students build their robot to wrestle an opposing robot out of a ring. Flippers and pushers are all allowed!

November 14 – Line Follower 

The student’s robot must be programmed to follow a black line. The most precise instead of the fastest robot wins.

November 21 – The Race Challenge 

In the race challenge, students learn about gear ratios and how to make a fast robot. At the end of the morning, students race their robots against everyone else’s robot in a derby!

November 28 – Maze Challenge 

To level up their robotics skills students are asked to program their robot so that it completes a maze.

December 5 – Da Vinci Challenge 

In the da Vinci challenge the goal is to create the most beautiful work of art using only their robots. The art students create is always surprising!

December 12 – The Canada Arm Challenge 

In this challenge, students build a robotic arm.

In order to keep everyone safe, the following Covid-19 protocols will be applied.

  • Children with Covid-19 symptoms will be asked to stay home.
  • Participants will use the hand sanitizer in the lobby before entering the library.
  • Classes are limited to 8 participants to ensure proper physical distance.
  • Face coverings/masks that securely cover the nose, mouth, and chin are mandatory for the duration of the workshop except during break.
  • Each child will have their own table with their own dedicated programming material. Tables will be placed at a minimum of 2 meters apart from each other. When entering and exiting the workshop, participants must maintain a safe 2-metre distance from others.
  • There will be a 15 min. supervised break when kids can take their mask off to drink and have a snack on their tables.
  • Surfaces will be disinfected before and after each use and learning equipment will be quarantined.

We want to thank the Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation for their support providing funding to purchase a robotic and STEM tool collection for the Mississippi Mills Public Library. With this funding the library will be able to provide children and teen’s STEAM programs for many years to come. For more information about the Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation’s work please visit www.ekellylibraryfoundation.ca

ELKF - Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation

Events

November 28, 2020
  • Almonte: Robotics Workshop Maze Challenge - FULL

    November 28, 2020  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Description and to register visit https://www.missmillslibrary.com/special-programs/

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December 2, 2020
December 5, 2020
  • Almonte: Robotics Workshop Da Vinci Challenge - FULL

    December 5, 2020  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Description and to register visit https://www.missmillslibrary.com/special-programs/

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  • Candy Chemistry - FULL

    December 5, 2020  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Description: ONLINE EVENT - There are 15 spaces available for each one of these free interactive programs and registration is required in order to participate. After registering, we will contact you directly to arrange for you to pick up the program materials (you'll receive all the materials necessary for the experiments) and the link to access the live presentation.

    See more details

December 12, 2020
  • Almonte: Robotics Workshop Canada Arm Challenge - FULL

    December 12, 2020  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Description and to register visit https://www.missmillslibrary.com/special-programs/

    See more details

  • Mix it up! - FULL

    December 12, 2020  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Description: ONLINE EVENT - There are 15 spaces available for each one of these free interactive programs and registration is required in order to participate. After registering, we will contact you directly to arrange for you to pick up the program materials (you'll receive all the materials necessary for the experiments) and the link to access the live presentation.

    See more details