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Sharpsburg library welcomes new STEAM education director

Monday, October 14, 2019 | 9:49 AM

After a decade of teaching in public education, Erin Thompson will join the staff at Sharpsburg Community Library to coordinate science-related programs for children.

The Bellevue resident was hired as the STEAM Education Director, hosting hands-on classes where youth can test their engineering aptitude by building candy pumpkin towers or leaf gliders.

“I’m often asked what I would do if I weren’t a teacher, and my answer is always the same: I’d work in a library,” Thompson said. “This position is the best of both worlds for me, marrying my love of literacy with my love of STEAM.”

Library manager Sara Mariacher said the STEAM programs are consistently some of the best-attended at the library along Main Street.

“Kids and their grown-ups have really enjoyed them,” she said.

Thompson joins the staff just as the fall STEAM programs launch with a spooky theme.

Upcoming Maker Monday programs will see children crafting handprint spiders and marble paint with pumpkins. The classes are 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays for children age 6 and older.

At STEAM Lab, students will build bone bridges and pumpkin catapults. Sessions are 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays for children in second to sixth grades.

There is also a science storytime for toddlers and their caregivers.

Thompson earned a double degree from the University of Pittsburgh in psychology and education. She spent 10 years as a long-term substitute in the Pittsburgh Public School District as well as at Ambridge Area and Moon Area school districts.

She also spent two years at the Carnegie Science Center teaching pre-school programs.

Thompson takes the place of Alison Babusci, who accepted a full-time position elsewhere.

To register for any of the library’s programs, call 412-781-0783 or visit