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WSA Awarded 'Book Grant' from the Washington State Library:  Collection of 50 STEM Titles

February 11, 2016
By Susan Trower

Spencer found a book that look's interesting:  The Toaster Project, by Thomas ThwaitesOn February 9 some juniors from Karen Mattick's Biology class came up to the library to help with one of the more fun library tasks - not dusting shelves or putting books in Dewey Decimal order - but unpacking new books.  Lots of new science books (54 to be exact) that came as part of the Washington State Library (WSL) "The Future STEMs from Reading' grant to West Sound Academy.

The grant from the Washington State Library came about as a response to the need for school libraries to update their materials in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM).  An advisory committee of teacher-librarians worked with WSL to put together STEM book collections aimed at elementary, middle, and high school students from lists of award-winning books. The program was funded with support from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists A competive grant cycle was held for the 230 STEM collections available for public and nonprofit private school libraries: 120 for elementary, 55 for middle school, and 55 for high school. West Sound Academy was awarded one of the high school collections, and the boxes of books arrived this week.  

After cataloging and labeling is done, the books will be ready for use in classes or for some recreational nerd-reading.  WSA science teacher Karen Mattick contemplated using one of the books, The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science:  50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists in her classroom.  "As long as they aren't too catastrophic, this one could work," she ruled.

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