Parent, Teacher, and STEAM Resources
**Due to Covid-19, the library is not circulating Storytime Kits, STEM2U Kits, or telescopes at this time.**
Featured: World Book Kids
The World Book Kids online encyclopedia features educational games, activities, and projects for young students. With thousands of articles, multimedia content, and a collection of biographies, World Book Kids is designed to encourage the young learner to be curious. The carefully curated content also supports STEM/STEAM instructional initiatives. Lexile reading levels are included, plus read-aloud and translation features.
Thanks to a generous grant from Target, the Loma Colorado Main Library has 25 storytime kits for preschool teachers, parents, and caregivers of young children to check out. Each kit contains four books, a music CD, a puppet or a puzzle, and a list of nursery rhymes and songs to go along with the theme. For more information, please visit the Children’s Services desk or call 891-5013 ext. 3032.
STEM2U is a project started with a STEM Innovation Grant from the New Mexico Library Foundation. The project is designed to connect local educators with science and technology equipment and training through Rio Rancho Public Libraries. The project circulates kits containing cutting-edge STEM manipulatives in quantities suitable for classroom sized groups, and one Sampler Kit for smaller groups.
Please see the STEM2U Flier for more information.
NASA@ My Library
Rio Rancho Public Libraries is proud to announce that is is one of 75 public libraries selected to be part of the NASA@ My Library initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. As a NASA@ My Library partner, the library will offer free programs and activities for various age groups that explore NASA science and technology. NASA@ My Library is lead by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and the Education Development Center. Collaborators include International Observe the Moon Night team members based at the Planetary Science Institute, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Wyle Labs, and NASA’s Ames Research Center.
Telescope Checkout Program
With the support of the NASA@ My Library grant and the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society, the library is pleased to make Orion Starblast telescope kits available to the public for checkout.