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The Joy in Learning

2021-06-16T13:30:57-06:00

written by Terri McDougal, Head of Children’s Services at Kanawha County Public Library in Charleston, West Virginia   “It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” -Leo F. Buscaglia   It has been a difficult year for so many people.  In my library system, the Kanawha County Public Library in West Virginia, we have not yet resumed in-person programming.  Many families are still not visiting our libraries because while adults are vaccinated against COIVD-19, children under the age of 12 are not.  We have seen many [...]

The Joy in Learning2021-06-16T13:30:57-06:00

Lessons Learned from a Pandemic

2021-06-04T13:49:48-06:00

written by Terri McDougal, Head of Children's Services at Kanawha County Public Library in Charleston, West Virginia   As was the case around the country, the COVID-19 global pandemic struck hard in West Virginia.  Not necessarily in the number of cases or number of lives lost, in comparison to other areas of the United States, but in terms of other factors.  These include the closing of schools, churches, businesses, and yes, public libraries.  The economic devastation in a state that was already struggling is staggering.  Add in other factors such as the ongoing opioid crisis, the loss of population as people move [...]

Lessons Learned from a Pandemic2021-06-04T13:49:48-06:00

Engineering Program Toolkit

2021-02-23T22:50:13-07:00

Over the course of several years, Project BUILD team members and partner libraries have developed a wide range of resources to support library staff that are interested in developing, promoting, and facilitating engineering programs in their library.  We’ve categorized these resources into separate groups and listed them out here (some may appear more than once). We hope that you will utilize or feel inspired by them as you bring engineering learning experiences to your library patrons! The Haitian-Creole translated materials were developed in partnership with the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Broward County, Florida. The materials in Spanish were [...]

Engineering Program Toolkit2021-02-23T22:50:13-07:00

(Resource List) Level Up Your Facilitation and be a “Guide on the Side” for Virtual and In-Person STEAM Programs

2021-01-27T17:09:46-07:00

Hi everyone! This is the resource list of links for the CAL 2020 Pre-Conference Workshop, Level Up Your Facilitation and be a "Guide on the Side" for Virtual and In-Person STEAM Programs.  Contacts: Anne Holland (aholland@spacescience.org) Brooks Mitchell (bmitchell@spacescience.org) Claire Ratcliffe (cratcliffe@spacescience.org) Keliann LaConte (klaconte@spacescience.org) Workshop Agenda The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) Guide on the Side website Guide on the Side video Guide on the Side flyer STEM Activity Clearinghouse: Interactive STEAM Activities Click2Science PD Breaking Down Active Learning Learning from Failure When Youth Are Struggling Prepare and Plan Seeking and Supporting Student Ideas Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Education in STEM [...]

(Resource List) Level Up Your Facilitation and be a “Guide on the Side” for Virtual and In-Person STEAM Programs2021-01-27T17:09:46-07:00

NASA Subject Matter Expert (SME) Videos to Share with Your Patrons!

2020-08-05T11:13:39-06:00

If you've attended a STAR Net webinar, workshop, or other training event, you may have heard our team talk about the importance of introducing your patrons to subject matter experts (SMEs), such as engineers, scientists, technicians, and more. SMEs can inspire your patrons and take the burden of "content knowledge" off of library staff. Patrons that do not often see themselves represented in STEAM fields may really appreciate and benefit from seeing subject matter experts that look like them or share a common background. If you have a STEAM program with young female patrons, for example, try highlighting a female subject matter expert Kelsey [...]

NASA Subject Matter Expert (SME) Videos to Share with Your Patrons!2020-08-05T11:13:39-06:00

Resources for “STEAM for Everyone”; CAL’s Power & Privilege at Play Conference (7.17.20)

2020-07-17T09:56:17-06:00

Hi everyone! This is a quick resource list for the presentation, "STEAM for Everyone: A Stepping Stone Approach to Overcoming Barriers to Access," taking place through the Colorado Association of Library's  Power and Privilege at Play: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in the Library virtual conference on July 17, 2020. High Plains Library District  Greeley Rodarte Center Follow the STAR Library Network http://www.starnetlibraries.org/ https://www.facebook.com/STARLibraries/ https://www.starnetlibraries.org/register/ https://twitter.com/starnet_project Ready, Set, Create Logo: http://www.starnetlibraries.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Ready-Set-Create-Logo.jpg Engineering Design Process Logo: http://www.starnetlibraries.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Engineering-Design-Process.pdf Clearinghouse Collections Take and Make Engineering Design Challenges Spantastic Bridges Featured Video Book List Designed to Survive Featured Video Book List Clean Up Our World Featured Video Book [...]

Resources for “STEAM for Everyone”; CAL’s Power & Privilege at Play Conference (7.17.20)2020-07-17T09:56:17-06:00

Resources for “Take Your Patrons to Mars” Webinar (7.7.20)

2020-07-06T23:13:17-06:00

Link Bank for Take Your Patrons to Mars Webinar – 7 July 2020 Presenters: Brooks Mitchell and Claire Ratcliffe (STAR Net), Christine Shupla, Sha’Rell Webb, and Dr. Candice Bedford (Lunar and Planetary Institute) Contact: Brooks Mitchell (bmitchell@spacescience.org) or Christine Shupla (shupla@lpi.usra.edu) for questions. Description: NASA is about to launch the Mars 2020 mission – and now is the time to get your patrons excited! The Perseverance rover will launch between July 17-August 11, 2020, and will land on Mars in February 2021. Invite your patrons to participate in its journey! Hear from NASA Mars scientists, learn some activities you can conduct online [...]

Resources for “Take Your Patrons to Mars” Webinar (7.7.20)2020-07-06T23:13:17-06:00

Resource List for 6.18.20 Webinar: Virtual Night Sky Programs for “Imagine Your Story”

2020-06-16T10:28:37-06:00

Hi everyone! This blog is a list of resources for our June 18, 2020 webinar, "Virtual Night Sky Programs for 'Imagine Your Story'” - you can find out more information about the webinar here.  Presenters: Brooks Mitchell (STAR Net), Christine Shupla and Sha’Rell Webb (Lunar and Planetary Institute), Belinda Calvillo and Liliana Alonso [with Sofia] (Pasadena Public Library, TX) Contact: Brooks Mitchell (bmitchell@spacescience.org) or Christine Shupla (shupla@lpi.usra.edu) for questions. Invite your patrons to join us for My Trip to Mars, a live Webcast, June 30: www.starnetlibraries.org/my-trip-to-mars Join the STAR Net Community: https://www.starnetlibraries.org/register/ Follow the STAR Library Network starnetlibraries.org facebook.com/STARLibraries starnetlibraries.org/register com/starnet_project pinterest.com/Star_net [...]

Resource List for 6.18.20 Webinar: Virtual Night Sky Programs for “Imagine Your Story”2020-06-16T10:28:37-06:00

(Resource List) STAR Net’s STEAM Equity Project Pre-Application Webinar

2020-06-12T16:38:54-06:00

Hi everyone! Thanks to everyone who was able to join us on June 16, 2020 for STAR Net’s STEAM Equity Project Pre-Application Webinar. This blog post will provide more information on this grant opportunity, as well as links to the webinar recording, webinar slides, chat trancript, and resources discussed during the webinar. This webinar covered a new and exciting project, STAR Net STEAM Equity Project: Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Libraries of Rural Communities, that is seeking initial applications through July 20, 2020 from public library workers in small and rural communities who want to offer outstanding, culturally responsive STEAM programming and exhibitions for [...]

(Resource List) STAR Net’s STEAM Equity Project Pre-Application Webinar2020-06-12T16:38:54-06:00

Resource List for “Virtual Programs 101: Behind the Scenes with STAR Net”

2020-05-27T16:17:13-06:00

Hi everyone! We're trying something new for tomorrow's webinar: instead of a PDF, we're turning our "Link Bank" into a Blog Post! That way, we can edit the list and add resources that are brought up during the webinar! We can also use this as a place to post webinar follow-ups. It's just a "test run"; but we hope that it makes finding the resources easier for everyone! Best, Brooks, Claire, and the rest of the STAR Net team Follow up (6/9/20): Adding additional links that were discussed during the webinar. Adding links to recording.   Virtual Programs 101: Behind the [...]

Resource List for “Virtual Programs 101: Behind the Scenes with STAR Net”2020-05-27T16:17:13-06:00
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