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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Library’s Science and Arts Festival a Success

Library’s Science and Arts Festival a Success

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

On Saturday, April 8, the Harker Heights Stewart C. Meyer library held their Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead science and arts festival, an event that’s been held at the library for well over a decade. S.T.E.A.M is a program developed for the youth and stands for science, technology, engineering and math—it encourages families to come together to enjoy the sciences and have a meaningful experience. S.T.E.A.M looks to provide enrichment classes that empowers children and young adults to challenge themselves to learn something new, a format that’s only grown over the years at the library.

“The festival began at 10 a.m. and went on until about two in the afternoon,” said Amanda Hairston, who’s worked as the Children’s Librarian for about four years. “We had in total about 300 people in attendance; it was a great turnout, we always aim to provide fun, free and educational events for the whole family to enjoy.” Hairston went on to discuss the various stations and activities the festival has added. “The festival began initially as only art and science, but with our numbers growing every year, we decided to incorporate the full elements of S.T.E.A.M. Children had an arts and crafts table, a planting station for flowers, and even a lego and train station to demonstrate engineering. We’re thrilled to have children getting out of the house in order to learn something new.” Hairston also notes that there were chess tournaments going on throughout the day with students from Rancier Middle School, sewing and scrapbooking, and musical performances by World of Music. Central Texas College and the Central Texas Association for the Education of the Young Child also partnered with the library to provide volunteers and activities. An organization known as Project Linus also attended, they helped children hand-sew blankets that they later donate to critically ill children.

The library offers numerous events that are often free to attend and are all-inclusive. There will be an ‘anime afternoon’ on Saturday, April 15 beginning at 2 p.m., where kids aged 12 through 17 are welcome to enjoy two hours of anime from different genres. The library also offers numerous events for not only children, but teens and adults as well. Their operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information about upcoming events at the library, call 254 953 5491.

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