Upper Moreland library celebrates science, learning
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“It’s a wonderful opportunity for children to experience science,” Upper Moreland children’s librarian Jim Moran said. “Science doesn’t have to be dull.”
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“I think it’s pretty cool,” 7-year-old Robert Quinn said. “I like it because there’s a bunch of experiments.”
“It enables students to learn science at an early age,” instructor Michael Podolsky said. “We are always looking for good scientists. This program exposes them at an early age to science concepts and fact with the hope that in the future they will pursue it.”
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“It’s important to get students in here to use the library,” Podolsky said. “It’s a good source for them. We want students to come back and use the library.”
This is the 27th year GlaxoSmithKline has sponsored Science in the Summer. There are 128 libraries across the region that participate in the program, making it accessible to nearly 5,000 students each year. Since its inception, GlaxoSmithKline estimates 116,000 students have participated in the program.
Robert Quinn, left, and John Franchetti study slides through a microviewer during Upper Moreland Public Library’s Science in the Summer program July 23.