ALTON — The new Select Science books have arrived at Hayner Public Library.
Select Science is a library program emphasizing interest and resources in the sciences with books purchased through a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library. Area educational and science organizations as well as the staff at the library all contributed suggestions for new books.
Executive Director Bernadette Duvernoy is pleased with the feedback from the community regarding the selection of books. Local organizations such as the National Great Rivers Museum, Army Corps of Engineers, Alton School District, the Center for American Archeology and The Nature Institute each contributed suggestions for books that bring real-life applications of biology, ecology, chemistry and engineering, to name a few, that pertain to the many scientific endeavors in which the Riverbend is involved.
According to Hayner Reference Librarian Jean Shimunek and Assistant Director Katie Schrimpf, the Select Science books also include works on technology and engineering, math, AP study guides for math and biology, SAT and ACT math subject test books, a set of pro and con books on the future of renewable energy, a set of books on the issues of the environment, electronics, makerspace books (tinkering) and more.
Two exciting sets of books, Core Concepts, involve the basic blocks of science. Not only do they conform to Common Core State Standards initiatives, they are intriguing and well-written with great illustrations and examples for projects. Shimunek expects that these books will interest not only students, but many adults.
Duvernoy invites everyone to come to the library to explore the new books in the Select Science collection, on display throughout the libraries. Although all the books have not yet been delivered, many are available for checkout now!
These science books were purchased by Hayner Library through a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).