Introducing Middle Scholars

As you browse our event listings looking for summer fun, you’ll find some titled “Middle Scholars” and we wanted to share some information about these special programs. We are thrilled to have been selected by the Urban Libraries Council, opens a new window to participate in their Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning, opens a new window initiative.

As part of a cohort of more than 20 libraries in the United States and Canada, we have committed to providing engaging STEAM learning opportunities to middle school youth this summer, especially to those who haven’t had access to them for a variety of reasons.

We are partnering with three County of San Mateo, opens a new window agencies to highlight the diversity of STEAM experiences available, with the hopes of sparking a lifelong curiosity and interest in STEAM. Each of our locations will host a program from our partners this summer.

In June, an educator from the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District, opens a new window will speak about her journey to becoming a scientist and show our Middle Scholars how to engineer bug traps and use science notebooks to document and take notes like a pro.

In July, they’ll learn about resource conservation and sustainability with projects designed by the County’s Office of Sustainability, opens a new window and their team of experts.

Finally, in August, our Middle Scholars will learn about biomimicry and engineering from the San Mateo County Parks Department, opens a new window.

Many thanks to the staff in these departments, who have worked extensively with us to provide interesting and age-appropriate programming!

In addition to these partner programs, every library location will host at least one STEAM-themed escape room-style challenge for middle schoolers! Check our event listings for more fun programs near you.

This project is led by the Urban Libraries Council with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, opens a new window.