Ocean Science Book Backpack

What this backpack contains:

  • Net
  • Collection containers
  • Guide to local sea creatures
  • Quadrat*
  • Magnifying glasses
  • 3 ocean science related books
  • Journal

*a quadrat is a frame, traditionally square, used in ecology, geography, and biology to isolate a standard unit of area for the study of the distribution of an item over a large area.

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How did this project start?

This project was started as a gold award project by girl scout Verena Runstadler. The gold award is the highest award a girl scout can earn, and it aims to give back to the community sustainably.

This project aims to inspire children of all ages, in particular, 2nd through 5th graders, to get excited about reading through interactive activities.

Each backpack contains multiple activities and guides to direct kids through the process. Corresponding with the theme of the backpack are books that travel with the backpacks, and were selected to connect with the bag’s activities. Also located in the backpack are journals where users can make notes of their thoughts and what they choose to do.

For more information, see the descriptions of the backpack on the Swampscott Public Library website.

Email verena.gsema@gmail.com with any questions.

How do I check out a backpack?

Checking out a book backpack:

It’s simple! The book backpacks can be found at the children’s desk, on the lower floor of the library. Ask one of the children’s librarians to check out a backpack, and they can scan out the bag, just like a book!

If you have any questions about the contents, or about how to use the bag, check out the descriptions on the swampscott library website or ask a librarian.

Remember, the backpacks must be returned within 2 weeks of checking them out, so watch your calendar!

Episode 26: Invertivew with Elizabeth de Veer on The Ocean in Winter

Deveer The ocean in winter book cover of cold looking beach

Today on the podcast Janina and I talk to author Elizabeth de Veer on her book The Ocean in Winter.  Elizabeth was so much fun to talk to and we look forward to seeing her again soon.  You can find Elizabeth on her website www.elizabethdeveer.com

Please note a trigger warning for those effcted by death by s*icide.  Also if you are having difficult or painful thoughts or feelings, or are worried about someone, please reach out to a friend, family member, counselor, religious leader, or tap into resources such as:

the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255),

or the Crisis Text Line (Text HOME to 741741), which are both free and available 24/7.

Also, learn more about suicide from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which has local chapters in all 50 states, as well as support for survivors of suicide loss.

You do not have to go through this alone.