The Museum Corner, an interactive exhibit space located in the Children’s Department at the Centereach building, is a specially designed area that features changing hands-on exhibits and programs for children and their families. To enhance the museum experience, vast opportunities for creative expression and intellectual exploration are provided – props for dress-up, science experiments, historical artifacts and art activities. The Museum Corner invites visits by families, schools & community groups to explore, experience, share and create in a safe, fun environment.
Come see our newest exhibit in Museum Corner! Engineering at Work invites children and families to enjoy fun and engaging hands-on learning activities that will increase interest in and knowledge of different types of engineering. The exhibit includes several activity stations providing role-play, experimentation and problem-solving opportunities and displays featuring real life engineers including those from diverse backgrounds. This exhibit is supported by the Middle Country Library Foundation.
Hot Air Balloon Workshop – Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 6:30PM – 8:00PM: For children in 3rd – 5th grade. Create a 3-dimensional sculpture using cardboard, paper, string, and other materials. Learn about form and balance as you build a Hot Air Balloon in this Museum Corner program. Registration Required.
Easy Engineering – Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 5:30PM – 6:30PM: For children in K – 2nd grade. Listen to some stories and explore different engineering and building methods in this Museum Corner program. Build a tall tower with marshmallows and spaghetti. Create a strong bridge using straws and tape. See how gears connect and move. Registration Required.
Moveable Toy Vehicle – Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 6:30PM – 8:00PM: For children in 3rd – 5th grade. Create a cardboard car capable of movement through the use of magnets, balloons, and rubber bands. Explore engineering in this Museum Corner program. Registration Required.
Straw Bridge Challenge – Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 5:30PM – 6:30PM: For teens in 6th – 12th grade. Use your engineering skills to build a weight bearing bridge out of plastic straws and tape. Will you or your team win the challenge? Registration Required.
Super Simple Machines – Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: For children in K – 2nd grade. Listen to some stories and explore different engineering methods. Build a catapult and see how it affects force and motion – and see how far your marshmallow can fly! Registration Required.