BEL AIR, Md - Harford County Public Library in Bel Air has been taken over by the little ones. It's all part of the debut of Little Leapers.
It's pre and early literacy kits focusing on STEM, science, technology, engineering and math education for kids five years old and younger.
"It's so essential that our youngest customers have those skills when they start school and to be ready for school success," said Mary Hastler, Director of Harford County Public Library.
Parents can check out the interactive kits for seven days. The kits were designed by children's librarians in Harford County. The ten different kits include: books, toys, games and instructions.
More than 100 of the kits will be passed out to the branches of the Harford County Library System.
Celebree Learning Centers is the title sponsor of the Little Leapers Program.
"It's amazing! What an opportunity for Celebree to join in with a partner who shares the same values and mission as Celebree to make sure our little ones have the opportunity to engage in early literacy and make sure they are prepared for Kindergarten," said Richard Huffman, President and CEO Celebree Learning Centers.
Surveys of children who used the LEAP kits and program materials found 89 percent said LEAP programs helped them consider a career in science and 91 percent reported LEAP kits helped them learn to pay attention to science in the world around them.
The kits were a big hit for the little ones.
"I like playing with the toys and reading the books," said Augie Cisar, Kindergarten student.
Librarians say introducing STEM concepts at an early age will help with workforce readiness in years to come while promoting a reading and a love of learning.
Other sponsors of the Little Leapers Program include: SAIC, M&T Bank and Hart to Heart Transportation.