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Library to host St. Patrick’s Day-themed educational event

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published March 2, 2020


UTICA — The Utica Public Library will present a new St. Patrick’s Day-themed program March 7 that will involve learning with holiday fun.

TechKnowKids, an organization that offers hands-on STEM classes that engage children in learning while also having fun, will bring an educational activity to the library for children to enjoy.

The group has hosted other events at the library before, so the library decided to set up another program with a holiday kick.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. with a reading of “How to Catch a Leprechaun” and will include engineering a leprechaun trap and hands-on science experiments related to rainbows.

Cathy Foster, who runs TechKnowKids, is a former teacher and often creates STEM-related programs to suit the needs of the library with special themes or holidays.

Marsha Doege, the Utica Public Library director, said the library is excited to have the program available at the library as part of its reading program.

“We’re very excited to have TechKnowKids return to the Utica Library; as part of our summer reading, they did a program on slime that was hugely successful, and I anticipate great things from this program as well. Since the programs are rooted in science, children gain educational expertise while working on really fun projects, and that’s always a big plus,” said Doege.

Katherine Francis, the children’s services coordinator at the Utica Public Library, said the organization has visited the library before, and those who have attended have had a lot of fun doing the activities while also learning.

“The kids always have a great time when (Foster) comes. Her programs are extremely fun and energetic, and the children learn all throughout it as well,” said Francis.

The program is free and is for kids ages 6 and up. Registration is required to attend.

The library is located at 7530 Auburn Road.

For more information about the program, call the library at (586) 731-4141.