Spark STEM discoveries with new kits available to check out

Contact: Rachel Cook

Gainesville, Fla. – Check out new STEM Kits for children at any Alachua County Library Branch to spark discoveries in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Fifteen kits are available for check out starting Monday, Aug. 16. Each kit includes an interactive toy, book, and DVD on a STEM theme curated for children ages 3 through fifth graders.

“This collection is a wonderful resource for promoting STEM learning for young patrons and their families. We can’t wait to see the patrons checking them out and enjoying them,” said Youth Services Librarian Supervisor Gail Carr.

The Rotary Club of Gainesville supported this new collection with a $1,500 donation. STEM Kits check out for 14 days. Library cardholders can reserve one kit at a time to pick up at any library branch and return the kits at any location. Kit themes include electricity, the human body, birding, microscopic discoveries, and more. Explore the kits at or place one on hold by searching “STEM Kit” in the catalog at

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Rachel Cook at 352-334-3909 or High-resolution pictures of STEM Kits are available for download and media use at

If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).   

By Rachel on August 18, 2021