May is just around the corner, and we’re extra excited because that means IMS-AWWA Water Week is almost here! In case you haven’t experienced Water Week, we always celebrate the wonderful world of water during the first week of May. This year, Water Week will run May 5-11.
This year, the sponsors of Water Week (which includes Central Utah Water) will once again be donating books and materials to almost 200 libraries throughout Utah and Southeast Idaho. “The Water We Drink” is the theme for this year’s event, and the book we’ll be donating is Barbara Kerley’s, A Cool Drink of Water. We love this book because it combines striking National Geographic photographs with beautifully-written text that illustrates to children of all ages how important it is for all of us to do our part to conserve water.
In addition to the book, we’ll also be providing libraries with fun STEM activities with which patrons can interact. This year we’ve developed a passive program that includes a series of interactive posters to go with our “The Water We Drink” theme. The posters will teach adults and children how much water they need to drink to stay properly hydrated, where drinking water comes from, and we’ll even hang charts in the bathroom stalls of the library that will show people how to assess the color of their urine to determine their level of hydration!
Activities such as an “I Choose Water” coloring sheet, a “Hydration Goals” chart, and a Hydration Library scavenger hunt will also be available for library patrons. Librarians will have prizes available for anyone who completes and turns in an activity sheet.
“A passive program is great for small or large libraries,” said Monica Hoyt, committee member. “Many libraries struggle with staffing, and giving them a passive program allows their patrons to have an engaging activity when they come to the library.”
We hope that you and your family are able to participate in the fun events during Water Week this year! We want to spread the word about staying hydrated, especially as spring turns to summer and temperatures start to rise.
If you would like to download any of the Water Week 2019 materials, they can be found on our website under the Education link.