The Richardson Public Library helps children embark on a journey of learning during the summer through the Explorers Club. For third through fifth-grade students, the free, interactive program meets for an hour weekly over six weeks.
The club began in 1998. This summer, the program has been held over WebEx rather than in person. Explorers Club makes the most of library resources, including books and TEDEd TV. Each week, a library program administrator leads the program, focusing upon a unique topic like engineering or animals.
Via the virtual format, children watch brief videos, listen to a librarian presentation, answer questions based upon each topic, and participate in activities that lead them on a treasure hunt for knowledge using technology and print materials. At the conclusion of the hour, students review what they’ve learned.
“You can’t always hop on a plane and go someplace, but with this, you can explore anywhere,” Helaina Storie, Youth Services Librarian, said. “I always get feedback saying the kids have fun. This is a way to connect kids to learning and show them the library isn’t just about books. It’s about exploring and learning new things.”
Keri Samples, Library Community Services Supervisor, said, “Parents are pleased at how much there is to the library and how many of their children’s interests can be fueled by resources here.”
Learn more about library programs at www.cor.net/library or by calling 972-744-4350.