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Stellwagen provides underwater education at Scituate Library

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 28, 2011 05:32 PM

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A blow up whale at the Scituate Town Library was a part of the first programs Stellwagen brought to the town.

Volunteers from the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in mid-August will visit Scituate Town Library for a third time to provide more informative programming on the wonders of the sea.

The sanctuary, just 10 miles off the coast of Scituate, is a treasure trove of information, Stellwagen officials say, and it’s no wonder that there is much to explore with this summer programming.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., locals are invited to participate in “A Child’s Sanctuary,” where children can map a shipwreck, drive a model remote operated vehicle, learn about the plants and animals at the bottom of the sea, and hear storytelling.

The events are targeted at pre-K through upper elementary school, and the educational, marine-focused activities hope to help children make a connection with real-world context in science, math, art, and language.

Not only will the event inform locals about the wonderful connection to the sanctuary, but the location at the library is also important, library officials said in a press release.

The library resources will be highlighted through the program, further engaging children on what they can do and see at their local library even when programs aren’t happening.

So far, the event has been extremely popular, said Library Director Kathy Meeker.

“The first two were very popular,” Meeker said. “We’re actually partnering with Stellwagen here in Scituate [for numerous programs].”

Although most people know about the Sanctuary, and although they conduct programs at their own facility, having them conducting educational programs at the library is welcomed.

“I think people appreciate seeing them out in the community,” Meeker said.

According to Meeker, it’s also a way for them to give back to the Scituate and South Shore community.

Although the collaboration might change for the next year, Meeker said the library would continue to partner with Stellwagen.

“I would love to continue to collaborate with them, but I don’t know if they’re going to repeat programs or build on these,” she said. “That first one with the blow up whale, though, I’m sure people will want to see that again. This program [coming up] should be great too.”

Although this particular program is an hour and a half long, families can stop in for one program or stay for the entire session.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary. For more information, call 781-545-8727.

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