Rowan Public Library
The ninth week of the Rowan Public Library’s Summer Reading School Age series of programs will feature an ecoEXPLORE program (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education), an incentive citizen science program for children in Kindergarten to Grade 8 .
Developed by the North Carolina Arboretum, this innovative program combines scientific exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children while encouraging them to explore the outdoors and participate in citizen science.
âIntroduction to ecoEXPLOREâ will introduce the public to how they can participate in this exploration, including taking photos of wildlife, uploading them to the ecoEXPLORE website, earning points and winning prizes. The program will also cover entomology, showcase live insects, and explain how to earn the Beetles badge.
Indoor, virtual and pre-recorded programs will be available at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at RPL Headquarters (Salisbury) on July 26, RPL East (Rockwell) on July 28, and RPL West (Cleveland) on July 29.
On July 27, RPL South (China Grove) will offer an outdoor in-person show at 10:30 a.m. and an indoor, virtual, pre-recorded show at 2 p.m. RPL South, an ecoEXPLORE LoanSpot, is located at 920 Kimball Road. at China Grove. Its grounds include a short hiking trail and wildlife viewing station, and the Corriher Lake Wilderness Area is just across the road. Together, these exterior features make the branch an ideal ecoEXPLORE lending point.
EcoEXPLORE’s citizen science programs encourage volunteers of all ages to collect and submit scientific information to real-life scientists, who will help them with their research and data analysis. Scientists around the world need help collecting data. By becoming a Citizen Scientist, participants can help professional scientists understand changes in the environment and see how those changes affect plants, animals and other natural resources. To learn more about how to participate, visit www.ecoexplore.net.
After the program, participants are encouraged to continue exploring science and entomology by viewing branch documents. Those who prefer digital documents and do not yet have a physical card are encouraged to register at bit.ly/RPLcard2021 for immediate access to digital documents. Later, digital cards can be upgraded to physical cards for free at any RPL branch. Readers of all ages are encouraged to register and / or log their reading hours on rowanpubliclibrary.readsquared.com until August 7 to be eligible for the reading incentives.
School-age programs are designed for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5, although all ages are welcome, and the programs last approximately an hour. Free entry. Each branch will also offer limited seating and flooring for members of the public. A responsible guardian (16 years old and over) must accompany children 8 years old and under. For assistance with ADA hosting, call 704-216-8240. To learn more about summer reading at RPL, visit bit.ly/RPLSummer21.