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By Jamie Stewart
The Shafter Press 

Learning Center in full summer swing


Last updated 7/25/2022 at 5:10pm | View PDF

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Students have fun painting murals with local artist Lorena Castillo.

Even though school is out for the summer, that does not mean that learning is put on the back burner.

The Shafter Learning Center is in full swing, offering a variety of classes that will keep kids learning as well as having fun throughout the summer.

The classes run for one week, with a total of seven sessions running through July 29.

The Learning Center has classes for all age groups, ranging from Pre-K students through those in the eighth grade.

Pre-K students have the option of taking English and Spanish classes. First and second graders can learn Spanish, as well as classes in crafts, math games, astronomy, science experiments, elementary engineering, art, cooking, and keyboarding/coding.

For those students in the third and fourth grades, they have the same options as the younger students, as well as offerings in robotics and geology. fifth and sixth graders have even more options, with physics, future sous chefs, and introduction to Google slides and cryptocurrency being offered.

Seventh and eighth grade students have five classes to choose from. They can take classes in cooking, building bridges, science experiments, physics and art.

The Pre-K to fourth grade classes are being offered in the morning, with those in grades fifth through eighth are in the afternoon.

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

A Lego Wall lets the students interact as they build and feel the wall.

In addition to these classes, the Learning Center is offering a Lego Wall and Alligator Sensory Wall, which allows the kids to interact with the wall, building as well as being able to feel the different textures on the walls. This was made possible by the Shafter Friends of the Library, which purchased them to make the library and Learning Center more inviting for children.

For those children who are interested in art, local artist Lorena Castillo led the students in painting murals depicting space exploration behind the library's New Releases bookshelves. This was an experience for the kids to explore their creative side as well as being a part of something that can be enjoyed by hundreds of people as they visit the Library and Learning Center.

It is not too late to get involved with the numerous classes and activities that are happening at the Library and the Shafter Learning Center. Visit the site on James Street or call 661-746-5055.


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