Walk by the Welch Family Wing of the James V. Brown Library and you might notice something unusual: bags of dirt taped to the windows. No, it's not a prank; it's just a Preschool Science Lab experiment.
Lori Tempesco in the Youth Services Department is leading the 13 children ages 3 1/2 to 5 in her program in an experiment to see if bean seeds will grow in a plastic zip-close baggie that has been taped to windows within the children's wing at the library.
The children meet once a week for four weeks to create science-based projects.
Shown are preschool science lab experiments at the James V. Brown Library.
"The kids can then plant the sprouts when they go home and place them in a sunny window," Tempesco said. "It shows that you don't always have to have a garden in the summer - you can plant seeds in the winter, too."
This is the first time the Youth Services Department has offered the four-week-long Preschool Science Lab program.
It is just one way the library is opening new doors to lifelong learning and championing the love of reading with young children.