Coding at the Library

As part of our commitment to digital literacy, Skokie Public Library began offering a drop-in, one-hour coding program twice a month for kids in grades 3-5. The program is intended to expose kids to coding concepts and resources readily available in the library, and to help them create a community of practice where, regardless of

By |December 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Optimizing Layering for Program Success

Guest blog by David Janning and Joanna Ritchie (Chula Vista Library, a NASA@ My Library Partner) Street fair outreach event with both a STEAM activity booth and a promotional materials booth Many events you host already include the concept of layering, which typically involves setting up multiple activity stations and staggering main events throughout the length

By |December 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Museum Alliance Professional Development Telecon

To participate in this telecon, your library may use the call-in information below. Call-in: 1-888-323-4924 Passcode: 8165555 Note: If you're not seeing the call-in info above, you'll need to login to STAR Net or register as a new member. Date:  November 21, 2017, Tuesday Time:  12 Noon PT (3pm ET) Topic: Choosing an InSight Landing Site

By |November 15th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Science of Watersheds and Watershed Moments

A few weeks ago, I was asked if I would be available and willing to help with a program for the local Boys & Girls Club. The friend who asked is a fellow Environmental Educator, and the Parks and Recreation Manager for the city of Covington, KY. She had been contacted by an employee of

NCIL Seeking Library and Museum Partner Sites to Host Interactive Traveling Exhibition Discover Exoplanets

The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) is seeking eight library and museum partner sites to host the inaugural national tour of the interactive traveling exhibition Discover Exoplanets: the Search for Alien Earths.  Public libraries and small museum partners in rural areas and those serving rural populations and underrepresented groups are especially

By |October 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Report Shows Strong Partnerships Between Libraries and Afterschool Programs

A Guest Post by Melissa Ballard (Afterschool Alliance) The Afterschool Alliance, in partnership with STAR Net, has a new report showing how afterschool programs and libraries are working together to support youth and families in their communities. In early 2017, we surveyed 365 afterschool programs to learn if and how they are working with their local

By |October 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Museum Alliance Professional Development Telecon

Topic:   Universe of Learning - Beyond the Solar System: Cosmic Disks Date:  September 7, 2017, Thursday Time:  12:30pm PT (3:30pm ET) Leader: Jeffrey Nee Overview: On September 15, 2017, the Cassini spacecraft will undergo a controlled descent into Saturn’s atmosphere, thus ending nearly 20 years of dedicated observations of the Saturnian system. Since the time

By |August 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is an Eclipse, Anyway? Create an Eclipse to Prepare for the Eclipse

Like most everyone in the country, I'm getting ready for the eclipse.  The local science museum, about a mile away from my branch, will be hosting a viewing on the lawn on the day of the eclipse.  But me?... I'll be driving wherever I have to go to see totality.  I have my glasses (the

Astronomy… In the Park… During the Day

For the last week of our Depot Days programs in the park, I wanted to do some astronomy related things. This gave me an excellent opportunity to distribute Moore Foundation eclipse glasses to those in attendance, with instructions for proper use. But these programs took place at 10:30 am, outside. So, how to address the

By |August 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Watercraft Design

Challenge-based programming is well received by multiple age groups at Skokie Public Library. These programs support 21st century learning skills like creative thinking, problem solving, and collaboration, all skills we’re eager to promote in activities for youth of a variety of ages. In various programs, we have facilitated watercraft design challenges where patrons are presented

By |July 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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