BOISE -- Nearly 30 librarians from all across the state came together Tuesday promoting creative learning in libraries.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries is providing material and training to bring STEAM-based learning to libraries all over Idaho. STEAM learning encourages science, technology, engineering, art and math.
This is the second year of the program known as "Make it at the Library." The program started in 2013, reaching libraries in the Treasure Valley, eastern Idaho and the panhandle.
Erica Compton with the Idaho Commission for Libraries said the first year was a great success, "It was a pilot. We didn't know how it was going to work. It was overwhelmingly successful. It received a lot of national attention."
This year the program brings creative learning to 11 libraries across the Gem State. Compton says encouraging creative play is an important part of learning. She said, "some people think of play and that don't understand that when people are playing, learning is taking place. When anyone is engaged in playing, they're very open to new concepts and they're much more open to creativity and just experiencing, exploring new things."