The Calaveras County Library in cooperation with First 5 program will offer STEAM curriculum at the San Andreas Library for children 5 and younger.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. The program, called the Little Leapers Club, aims to lay the foundation for early literacy concepts through play, exploration of books and interactive materials, which have a powerful impact on a child’s early brain development, stated a library press release.

The program will offer Little Leaper Kits that feature activities that provide parents with fun lessons and experiments to keep children engaged through books, crafts and hands-on exploration. Participants have the opportunity to explore activities in a take-home kit they can check out at the library. Each kit has a simple science, art, or math-based theme complete with a book and activity.

“The first three years of life are particularly critical for mental stimulation through talking, reading and singing, which helps billions of neurons inside the brain make strong connections that last a lifetime,” said First 5 California Executive Director Camille Maben.

Children and families who participate in the Little Leapers Program are given free curriculum from the Calaveras Library to check out, a Little Leapers Library Card with extra library privileges and a Little Leapers Facebook page that features new monthly STEAM activities that encourage them to continue learning at home. Parents and caregivers also have the opportunity to receive more educational tools, like in-home storytime and other resources.

The Little Leapers Club will kick off at 10 a.m. March 24 at the library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road in San Andreas.