WALLINGFORD — After more than a year of planning, the town library’s Wonder Room will officially open Saturday.
The room is a section of the children’s library which will serve as a makerspace for STEM programming. The Wonder Room Launch Party starts at 10 a.m.
Library Director Jane Fisher said planning and fundraising began last year. The 650 square-foot space will provide programming for infants and toddlers, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities for children from third to fifth grade.
“We wanted to create some space that was designed for collaboration and learning and to support that Wallingford is a STEM town,” Fisher said.
The Wonder Room will feature a Collaboration Station with a mini-makerspace and “Break-it, Make-it” Lab. There will be supplies available for older children, such as Legos and robots, and STEM programming led by librarians.
“I think people are going to be really excited about the space,” Fisher said. Multipurpose
Kari Hamad, head of children’s services, said the space will be made available for babies and toddlers in the morning and open to school-aged children during after school hours and the weekend. The room, which is adjacent to the Homework Zone, will also be available for homework.
“It’s intended to be as multipurpose as possible,” Hamad said.
The gadgets and supplies for STEM activities will cater to different ages. The scheduling of STEM programs and the use of the space will depend on which services are most popular.
“It will evolve as we figure out what the community wants and needs,” Hamad said.
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