New Mexico State Library

STEM to Read

STEM to Read is an early and pre-literacy program designed by the Explora! Museum and funded through a grant from the New Mexico Library Foundation. The program consists of activity trunks which are borrowed by public libraries from the State Library for a period of 6-8 weeks. Each trunk focuses on a component of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and is used to promote and support early and pre-literacy skills in children.

Each trunk contains 8-10 books, information and facts about the topic, lesson plans, and materials for activities (some materials will have to be provided by the library, such as water).

STEM to Read Trunks Currently Available 

  • Spinning Science
  • Listen Carefully (sounds)
  • Water Play
  • Measure On (measurements)
  • In the Mirror (reflections & refractions)
  • Art Bots
  • Architects Delight (building)
  • Patterns Abound
  • Powered by the Wind
  • Mesa Prieta Petroglyph
  • Garden Detectives (Exploring Plants)
  • Towers and Triangles (Investigating Engineering)
  • Scissors, Stamps and Stems (Creating Art)
  • Creature Features (Discovering Animals)
  • Space Exploration (Investigating Space)
  • Geometry Party! (Discovering Math)
  • Imagine! Design! Make! (Exploring Making and Tinkering Using Everyday Materials)

To checkout a trunk or for more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator, Kelly McCabe, at

We ask that library staff provide parents/caregivers with surveys to complete after attending any programming with the activity trunk.