Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's summer (like you didn't know that already) here at the Northeast FPAN office and in the rest of the northern hemisphere. But for FPAN staff, that means a whole lotta library programs and summer camps.

A crowd of over 75 children and adults gathered at Crescent City library for summer reading programs

 Libraries throughout Florida offer summer reading programs for the state's out-of-school children, with a different theme each year. This summer, the theme is "Fizz. Boom. Read!" This is a natural fit for our Timucuan Technology curriculum, which features an activity based on Native fire technology. Students help conduct an experiment that involves popping balloons to teach heat absorption/dispersion and cooking techniques. Our Coquina Queries curriculum also has a relevant lesson involving the acidic and fizzing (!) properties of rain on coquina. Students perform an activity with baking soda and coquina shells to understand better how coquina stone forms naturally. Other programs include lessons and activities on prehistoric pottery, hunting technology, and underwater archaeology.

Summer Reading 2014 Logo

Students line up at Palatka Library to make their own prehistoric pottery

Ryan poses with students at Deltona Main Library after a shell workshop

Practicing making fire with a bow drill

In addition to library programming, we have also been busy helping out with summer camps around Northeast Florida.
Lyonia Environmental Center campers practice with atlatls after a hunting technology lesson 
Campers at Castillo de San Marcos

It's been a great summer so far, and we're heading to a library and/or summer camp near you! Pay attention to our facebook page for updates on where you can find us!

Text by Ryan Harke. Images by Sarah Miller, Ryan Harke, and Emily Jane Murray, FPAN staff.

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