A mobile classroom that tours BC public libraries to provide hands-on activities for children and youth is making a stop in the Bulkley Valley.
The STEAM Truck which stands for Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math will be at the Smithers Public Library on July 26.
The truck usually provides hand-on opportunities to remote communities, but this year it has been adapted to serve as a Repair Café and mobile drive-in movie venue because of COVID-19 precautions.
Smithers Library Director Wendy Wright said this fit well with the library’s change of plans.
“We had originally intended to run a second season of the popular Repair Café, sponsored by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and Wetzin’Kwa Community Forest Corporation, where community volunteers assist others in repairing broken items, but COVID prevented us from bringing people together,” she said.
“Likewise, our in-person programs and events are on hold indefinitely but [STEAM Truck Owner] Farrell Segall has come up with a novel solution to the absence of live events by creating a drive-in movie theatre.”
Segall will repair people’s items out of the STEAM Truck in the afternoon.
The movie The Grey Fox, the story of real-life bandit and train robber Bill Miner, will be projected onto the library’s exterior wall facing their parking lot around 8 p.m.
The STEAM Truck heads to New Hazelton the following day.
The events are by donation.