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Public invited to Opening Celebration on March 24 from 4-5:30 at Central Library

Lexington, Kentucky (March 17, 2022) – Lexington Public Library is proud to announce that the opening of the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab at Central Library with an opening celebration scheduled for Thursday, March 24th from 4:00-5:30pm.  This family-friendly event is open to the public and will include hands-on tech demos, a brief ribbon cutting ceremony, and refreshments.  The space is named in honor of the Kloiber Foundation, which provided the funding to create the STEAM Lab through the Lexington Public Library Foundation.

The STEAM Lab is an experiential learning space for topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics designed for youth.   It includes an Audio Booth, Collab Lab, Oculus Virtual Reality, 3D printer, robotics, and a wide variety of STEAM-related resources.

The Library will host a STEAM Break series of programs from March 28th-April 1st for children and families during Fayette County Public Schools’ Spring Break.  Sessions include Green Screen Magic, Build a Light Saber, Fun with Robotics, and more.  For a full list of programs and to register, please visit www.lexpublib.org/calendar.  

"Technology is a key facet in our daily lives, yet many children don’t have the opportunity for this type of hands-on learning,” said David Kloiber, President of the Kloiber Foundation. “We are committed to connecting children, families, and educators with resources and career-connected learning opportunities to build the skills needed to identify problems and create innovative solutions that lead to personal, social, and economic vitality."

"Our community wants different experiences from our public libraries," said Executive Director Heather Dieffenbach. "Thanks to the Kloiber Foundation and the new STEAM Lab, we will be able to provide countless programs, field trips, and impromptu learning opportunities for students of all ages." 

The Lexington Public Library Foundation facilitated this public-private partnership to enable the public library system to adapt to new learning styles and experiences.  For more information, please follow the Library Foundation on Facebook at @lexingtonpubliclibraryfoundation or visit www.lexpublib.org/foundation.

For general information on Lexington Public Library, their programs, and their partners, please visit www.lexpublib.org and their social media pages @lexpublib.

 

Lab Open Hours:

Starting April 5th:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

 

Starting April 9th:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab Events

Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we learn about the science of sound and music with Specdrums and Popsicle Stick Kazoos.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 2:00-4:00 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Fri. July 1st - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we make and do test flights with paper airplanes, helicopters and hoop gliders.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 2:00-4:00 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Fri. July 8th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Central Library
In this one hour workshop in the STEAM Lab, you will learn basic video recording skills while creating a try not to laugh video. Participants will work in groups to record their own piece that will be edited into a group project.

For Grades 3-12
Registration Required
Sat. July 9th - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we make and do test flights with paper airplanes, helicopters and hoop gliders.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 2:00-4:00 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Sat. July 9th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we design our own space themed creations with Legos.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 2:00-4:00 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Mon. July 18th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we design our own space themed creations with Legos.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 2:00-4:00 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Fri. July 22nd - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we sculpt our own mini sculptures using wire, then add some battery power and watch them spin and dance.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 2:00-4:00 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Mon. July 25th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we sculpt our own mini sculptures using wire, then add some battery power and watch them spin and dance.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 2:00-4:00 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Fri. July 29th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we design our own bridges and buildings with Legos.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 3:30-5:30 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Tue. August 2nd - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we design our own bridges and buildings with Legos.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 3:30-5:30 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Thu. August 4th - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we create own own paper circuit torches inspired by Minecraft.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 3:30-5:30 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Tue. August 9th - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we create own own paper circuit torches inspired by Minecraft.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 3:30-5:30 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Thu. August 11th - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we create own own paper circuit torches inspired by Minecraft.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 2:00-4:00 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Sat. August 13th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we create pixel art with Perler Beads.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 3:30-5:30 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Tue. August 16th - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we create pixel art with Perler Beads.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 3:30-5:30 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Thu. August 18th - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we explore circuits with Makey Makey.
Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 3:30-5:30 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

For grades 3-12.
Tue. August 23rd - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we explore circuits with Makey Makey.
Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 3:30-5:30 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

For grades 3-12.
Thu. August 25th - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we explore circuits with Makey Makey.
Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 2:00-4:00 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

For grades 3-12.
Sat. August 27th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we explore circuits with Snap Circuits.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 3:30-5:30 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Tue. August 30th - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Central Library
Join us in the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab as we explore circuits with Snap Circuits.

Participants are welcome to drop-in anytime between 3:30-5:30 pm and stay as a little or as long as you would like!

Thu. September 1st - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Central Library