STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. As part of the 2018 STEM Festival, in locations across the entire state of Maryland, Oct. 26 through Nov. 11, a variety of community events are planned, like Bones, Bugs, and Treat at McDaniel College.
Several branches of the Carroll County Library have scheduled events. Check specific branch locations on the library’s website library.carr.org for detailed information including registration for each event.
In Taneytown, there will be a variety of events over the course of the two weeks of celebration, including Preschool STEAM Tales: Building with the Three Little Pigs, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26, 11-11:45 a.m. This will appeal to kids ages 3 through 6, and only kids need to register.
For those interested in scavenger hunts, you’ll want to register for the Augmented Reality Library Scavenger Hunt, Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This one is open to all ages, but parents should accompany the younger kids.
Participants will need to bring a smartphone or tablet with the Blippar app already downloaded. Participants will use a digital overlay of reality to scavenge around the library. Everyone who follows all the clues will win a small prize!
And of course, for your tiniest of scientists (ages 2-5), there’s the Itty Bitty Scientists: Digging Dinosaurs, Friday, Nov. 9, 11-11:45 a.m. Registration is required. Kids can learn about dinosaurs, including how they moved and what they ate as well as dig for dinosaur fossils, and create your own fossils. Only kids need to register.
NaNoWriMo kickoff at Taneytown library
What is NaNoWriMo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month and is a world-wide challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. This was on my bucket list in 2012 and, I am happy to report, I finished that manuscript within the 30-day time frame and half completed another one in 2017.
Joelle Jarvis, president of the Carroll County Chapter of Maryland Writer’s Association said, “Several bestselling novels have emerged into the world from this challenge such as ‘Water for Elephants,’ by Sara Gruen, and ‘The Night Circus,’ by Erin Morgenstern, so [the challenge] does work!”
NaNoWriMo, according to their website, “believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds — on and off the page.” For more information on the national organization, visit their website at nanowrimo.org.
The Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Writer’s Association will celebrate this event with a kickoff, Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the large conference room of the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Library.
There will be door prizes and freebies. Bring your laptop, your research notes, your brown-bag dinner, and join like-minded writers who want to jumpstart that novel. Jarvis, who coordinated the event, said, “We also do prize drawings on the hour but you must be present to win. Come! Write your novel! Mingle with other writers! take home prizes! Can't wait to see you there!”