Nature Play

Under the direction of Sue Teller, Children’s Librarian/Staff Artist, Skokie Public Library has been bringing informal, nature-based STEAM learning to our youngest patrons via Nature Play. This is a weekly program intended for children ages 3-6 who participate with an adult caregiver. Sue was inspired by a program at one of the annual conferences hosted

By |August 28th, 2018|Categories: Arts, environmental education, General, Informal Learning, Pre-School, Science, STEM|0 Comments

It’s the end of the iWorld as we know it

If you own some older Apple tablets, you might have noticed a new trend when trying to download apps. At first, I thought it was really cool that I didn't have to update my iPads every other week (take that, Apple!), and I didn't realize what was to come. As I've started to explore my

By |August 24th, 2018|Categories: Arts, Informal Learning, Pre-School, Technology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Music, Music, Let’s Make Some Music!

  To start off our Summer, which has the theme "Libraries Rock" this year, I decided to have a "make your own music" program.  I enjoy programs where participants learn to create using items they will most likely find around their own homes.  For this program, I decided that we would make our own kazoos

A Whale of an Adventure!

Migration: noun. seasonal movement of animals from one region to another. "this butterfly's annual migration across North America" We recently addressed the topic of migration in a program, and it was a lot of fun. First, I asked the kids what it means to “migrate.” They came up with a very similar answer to the definition above.

Seeing Stars!

Indoor astronomy is a great way to light up the night! We recently did that, both figuratively and literally. I have done a fairly large number of astronomy programs in the past 5 or 6 years, both with and without the library's 8" Dobsonian telescope; both indoors and out. I want these programs to be

Exploring Chemical Engineering

This summer our informal learning space, the BOOMbox, is exploring all things engineering. The rotation is 16 weeks long and we’re focusing on a different field of engineering every two weeks. Last month we shared information about a program related to civil engineering and this month, we’re sharing highlights from our two weeks of exploring

By |July 30th, 2018|Categories: Chemistry, Engineering, Informal Learning, Science|1 Comment

Take a Hike! (At the Library?)

  Earlier this year, in the spring, Kenton County Public Library, Kenton County Parks and Recreation, the City of Erlanger, Banklick Watershed Council, the Kenton County Conservation District, and Sanitation District No. 1 all partnered to hold the first ever library hike. Within the city limits of Erlanger, where my library branch is located, is Doe

ISTE Newbie

Since this is my first blog post, I should introduce myself. My name is Christina, and I work in a public library in a Chicago suburb in Illinois. I have always worked with kids, but have changed titles a few times. I am currently working in the newly-created Youth Technology Librarian position. Until recently, I was the Middle School Librarian whose interest in technology led me to spearhead most of the technological endeavors of the department.  Now, I get to actually play with the things I recommend we buy, and teach it to kids of all ages, as well as the staff in our department.   With this new position came a new conference opportunity. I’ve wanted to go to the ISTE conference for a few years, but it being out of state, and always coinciding with ALA’s annual conference, and not technically part of my job description got in the way of me going. Now, with technology a part of my title, and it not requiring a hotel booking, I made my case, and was approved to go to the International Society for Technology Education annual conference in Chicago.

By |July 7th, 2018|Categories: General, Informal Learning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Celebrating Rockets’ Red Glare!

On Monday, we celebrated America's birthday with some STEM activities! As always, we started with some reading, and I intentionally chose books that included images of fireworks. I also included a number of non-fiction Independence Day titles in my book display, along with this title: We started by reading A is for America, by Devin

Animals in the Park!

Summer Reading programs in the park have begun again for the year. So how to inform and entertain a variety of ages, in an outdoor setting? Animals! The theme for the second week was animals, and the first of the Tuesday/Thursday programs featured a live animal petting zoo. Well over 250 people showed up for

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