Menlo Park: Library’s ‘Peanuts’ fest a success

From Mercury News

” Hundreds of youngsters gathered outside Menlo Park Library this week to launch rockets, try out solar-powered model cars and dig up dinosaur bones.It was all in the name of science, or rather, the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) curriculum employed by California schools.The event was put on with help from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, which travels in a 100-mile radius year-round visiting schools, museums and libraries with its “Peanuts Naturally” festival. The festival aims to teach K-6 students about the environment and aligns with Common Core principles through hands-on learning.“It re-emphasizes the curriculum that kids are learning in schools, it’s just in a different environment,” said Sarah Jenkins, Schulz Museum outreach and public programs coordinator, who traveled in her “Peanuts” van from Santa Rosa to put on the event. This was the second year the museum has partnered with the city on the event.John Weaver, the library’s outreach coordinator and resident storyteller, said 325 kids showed up for the two-hour event Tuesday, a “much bigger crowd” than the previous summer. Roughly 15 interactive stations were manned by library and community services employees and members of the library’s teen advisory group. Weaver said two of kids’ favorite activities at the event were launching rockets and playing with live worms.”