Science takes center stage at Safford Library

Thanks to an If/Then Grant, the Safford Library will spend the next six months focusing on women in the sciences. - Artem Podrez Photo/Pexels

SAFFORD — The Safford City-Graham County Library is continuing its focus on science, technology, engineer and math, with a concentration on young females.

After receiving an If/Then grant from the Lyda Hall Philanthropies, the library conducted a solar-powered bug class for tweens, and made available about 100 kits for the youths to repeat the experiment on their own.

“What the If/Then initiative is, is a nationwide effort to advance women innovators in STEM fields, and inspire the next generation of girls and young children,” said Library Supervisor Leslie Talley.

Over the next six months, the library will also place posters of prominent women in scientific fields as inspiration.

All youths will have a chance to put what they learn about STEM fields into practice with a 3-D printer class this month.

Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, and running the next four Tuesdays, youths 10- to 15-years-old can take part in the Print to Fix: Real-world problem solving using 3-D printers program. The program is sponsored by the United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties.

The program is free but space is limited. Register for the program at the library, 808 S. 7th Ave.