Redwood City Library wins American Chemical Society Award for virtual youth program

Redwood City Library virtual youth program earns American Chemical Society award

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A program that enables local youth to learn chemistry with help from materials kits they can pick up from the Redwood City Public Library, as well as from instructive videos and Zoom events, has become award winning.

The program is a partnership between the Library and the Silicon Valley Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS Silicon Valley), which received an award for “Most Creative & Innovative Use of Chemists Celebrate Earth Week theme” at the 23rd Annual ChemLuminary Awards on Oct. 21. The award recognized the partnership’s pop-up virtual chemistry programs during the pandemic, according to the Library.

“The 2020 theme was ‘Protecting Our Planet Through Chemistry,’ and ACS Silicon Valley prepared activity materials for drive-up distribution to Library customers about ‘earth-friendly plastics’ and ‘(re)cycling water,’ created a video demonstrating the experiments, and hosted a Zoom event with 4th-7th graders to explain the science while students conducted experiments in the safety of the homes,” the Library said.

The Library’s next Pop Up Chemistry event is coming up. Library patrons can pick up materials kits from Nov. 8 to Nov. 12, then join a live Zoom meeting on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 2-3 p.m. More info here.

Photo: Courtesy of the Library, which received the photo from the younger sibling of a participant in the Pop Up Chemistry series