Ryde Library Service has recognised the important role public libraries play in engineering young minds with access to technology and learning opportunities to enhance individual creativity.
The Curiosity Cabinet located at West Ryde Library is the centre piece for an interactive learning program for children aged between 3 - 12 years, that uses visual and hands-on activities to engage them in a fun way with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).
STEAM links directly into NSW school education programs developed to prepare students for study within these five fields. The programs at West Ryde Library are designed to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, creativity, and collaboration skills.
Services and Programs
STEAM fixtures include large touchscreens, a giant chess set, novelty mirrors, and science kits. Our innovative elements include:
- A Curiosity Cabinet with drawers and light boxes containing a changing installation of natural history and technology themed objects
- Integrated iPads with ten educational apps including Beebots and Mathletics
- Steampunk wall mural which incorporates large touchscreens
- Interactive science and maths themed software
- Lending collection of STEAM kits suitable for the 6 - 12 year old age groups
- "ScratchJr" coding workshops for children
- Museum style digital microscopes with wall mounted large screen displays allowing group use and discussion
- Ongoing programs with STEAM focus e.g. Film making workshops and Little Bang Club.
If you would like more information about the STEAM program at West Ryde Library download the flyer(PDF, 2MB) or contact Council's Customer Service on 9952 8222. To view West Ryde Library opening hours and location, click here.