Sharing Bright Ideas for Family Engagement in STEM through the Living Ideabook

Guest post by Margaret Caspe, PhD - Director of research and professional learning at Global Family Research Project How can LED lights, conductive copper tape, and coin batteries bring brightness to families in Homer, Alaska during the darkest winter months? Through a STEM-focused family program at the Homer Public Library of course! Librarians in Homer recently created a

By |July 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tips from Tassie

Credit: NASA   South of Australia lies its island state, Tasmania. (Australians shorten the name to Tassie, which rhymes with "snazzy.") Roughly half of this island is protected; its wilderness is listed -- alongside the Taj Mahal and the ancient pyramids of Egypt -- as  World Heritage property. Amidst this wild grandeur, 50

By |July 14th, 2018|Categories: Elementary Aged, Technology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

Light and Color and Uncooperative Weather

The best-laid plans often go awry...  so how to program on the fly for a large group when that happens? My Monday Mayhem program is attended by a lot of school-age kids, including those who attend two separate day care summer camps. Planning for 80 takes some work and means that it is difficult to

Science Education Resources Survey

A group of museums is conducting research on informal science institutions and escape rooms experiences. An escape room is an increasingly popular physical adventure game in which players are “locked” in a room and as a team must solve a series of puzzles to “escape” the room. The purpose of this survey is to the

By |May 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Host a Community Screening of NOVA’s “Decoding the Weather Machine”

Are you interested in starting a conversation about climate change in your community? On April 18th, NOVA aired its newest climate change documentary, Decoding the Weather Machine. This two hour special takes a deep dive into our climate machine to explain why scientists agree that our climate is changing, how climate change will impact our

By |May 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

May the Fourth be With You: Star Wars Day at the Library

It's Star Wars Day! I know that it's giving away my age, but I remember when the very first Star Wars movie came out.  I watched it from a swing-set in the small, fenced-in playground at the foot of the giant screen of the drive-in movie theater.  The playground was surrounded by the same heavy

Citizen Science at the Library: Science Action Club

Recently, I've had the opportunity to take part in a great program sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences.  It's called the Science Action Club.  There are actually three different modules, or curricula, available - Bug Safari, Bird Scouts, and Cloud Quest.  I was able to receive the training for Bug Safari close to home. 

Dissecting Owl Pellets

In our most recent family science program, we featured owl pellet dissection. This allowed for hands on science exploration for youth in grades K-5 with a grownup using tools and resources to mimic scientists in the field. Here’s what we did. Program supplies included hand wipes, tweezers, pencils and plastic jars with lids.

By |May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments
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