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Math and Science Story Time (MASST) Series – Deadline to Apply, Friday, March 3, 2017
The NJ State Library and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University are partnering to offer 10 public libraries the opportunity to participate in the Math and Science Story Times (MASST) Series: Bringing math and science to life through reading and art for preschoolers in a community-based setting, a STEM initiative that serves the Spanish-speaking community. Public Libraries and invited to apply to be selected to participate in hosting the series, and to receive resources kits, training, and be provided with a Spanish-speaking presenter, if needed.
MASST is a story time series focusing on children ages 3-6 and their families in Spanish, English, or both. The program includes 8 sessions, each focused on a different area of science or math. Session kits include lesson plans, books, and materials. Sessions involve reading, gross motor activities, singing, and hands-on creative projects that link to the focal topic. Children attend one or more MASST sessions with their family members or caregivers, and related handouts encourage families to extend learning into the home.
MASST was a co-developed between the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University and the New Brunswick Free Public Library (NBFPL) in 2012 to serve the Spanish-speaking population. MASST has been a part of NBFPL summer programming each summer since. Program evaluations have shown participation to increase awareness of library programming among patrons, to increase knowledge of parents about books and STEM activities to do with their children, and to increase children’s knowledge of key STEM concepts. The program expanded in 2016 to four libraries across two states. NBFPL has also been piloting a preschool version in which preschool teachers bring their classrooms to the library to participate.
Applicants who wish to participate in, and host the Math and Science Story Time (MASST) Series at their public library are required to read the guidelines and complete an application form, found here on the NJ State Library’s website. Ten public libraries will be selected to host and receive the materials for the MASST sessions, valued at $750 for each library.
The winning libraries will be notified by email by March 14, 2017.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Youth Services Specialist for Lifelong Learning
NJ State Library
185 West State St.
P.O. Box 520
Trenton, NJ 08625-0520
609-278-2640 ext. 116
609-278-2650 – fax
CSLP 2016-2017 President
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