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Inventor's Club at the library

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BUILD: Eliza Denney, 8, shows off her creation at Inventor’s Club on Wednesday afternoon at the Carnegie Public Library.
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INVENTOR: Macklin Denney, 6, participates in Inventor’s Club on Wednesday afternoon at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library.
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STEAM: Ike Bowyer, 6, creates an extended grabber at Inventor’s Club on Wednesday afternoon at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library.

by Rob Burgess - rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

The elementary school-aged children who showed up for Wednesday afternoon’s Inventor’s Club at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library worked with Popsicle sticks, straws and “a lot of tape” to create custom-made “extended grabbers.”

Youth services assistant Julie Lengel demonstrated a finished product by picking up a small empty cup on the table next to her.

“It’s just teaching the kids some mechanisms they maybe they would use with metal one day that they can actually make one that would lift something really heavy,” she said.

The current session of Inventor’s Club runs every Wednesday at 2 p.m. throughout the summer and promotes science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) skills.

Lengel said they also had a similar program during the school year, but that it was concurrent story time sessions.

Lengel said if other kindergarten through fifth grade students wished to participate, they should sign up at the library’s website at www.wabash.lib.in.us.