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STEM to Read Activity Trunks and Workshops

Stem to Read

An easy way to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming to your public library is through our STEM to Read Activity trunks. These trunks are created through a collaboration with the Explora! Museum in Albuquerque and the New Mexico Library Foundation. Each trunk is based around a theme and contains: 8-10 books, information/research about the theme, lesson plans, and materials for those lessons. These can be as simple as straw pieces cut into 1-inch pieces so children can measure the length of their shoe. They can also be a bit advanced, using tuning forks to hear different pitches of sounds.

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Edgewood Community Library using the measurements activity trunk

Currently the State Library has 5 trunks that can be checked out from us for a period of 6-8 weeks. These trunks are:

  • Spinning Science
  • Listen Carefully (sounds)
  • Water Play
  • Measure On (measurements)
  • In the Mirror (reflection & refraction)

Explora! is working on 3 new trunks which will be available for checkout beginning in November:

  • Robotics
  • Building
  • Patterns

In order to better aid library staff with using these trunks in their programming Explora! and the State Library are hosting 3 workshops around the state in September and October:

September 20th @ Explora! in Albuquerque 9-3
October 11th @ White Rock branch of the Los Alamos Public Library 10-3
October 18th @ Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces 9:30-2:30

If you’re interested in attending one of these workshops please register here. If you’re interested in finding out more information or checking out a trunk please contact Deanne Dekle at or 505-476-9705.


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