Money Fun

        This month there is an exhibit in the adult collection about money and managing finances.  I've decided to focus my children's programming around money, and money fun, while the exhibit is on display.  It'll be a good opportunity to educate kids about being responsible with their money in a fun way, while

The Dirt on Soil

This week at the Depot Park, we braved threatening thunderstorms, rain, and high humidity to learn the dirt on soils! Using both fiction and non-fictions books, we introduced the topics of soil, dirt, and mud before studying different types of soil, modeling the concept of percolation, making model soil horizons, and mud painting. Over the

International Peace Crane Swap and a 1000 Cranes From Around the World

      I know International Peace Day seems like a long way off, but when you're planning to string 1000 cranes contributed from folders all over the world to display in locations equally as diverse, you can never start too early. The United Nation's International Day of Peace is every September 21.  This year,

3-D Origami – The Fun of Legos on a Much Smaller Budget

Fate is a funny thing.  A few months ago I got ambitious one week, and wrote and published ( I thought) three blog articles.  Unbeknownst to me, it was the same week that the STAR_Net blog was being moved to its new home on this website.  For some reason, one of my articles made the

Want to Be a Stellar Artist? Send Your Creative Arts Into Space

I received this opportunity from Andrew Shaner of The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration: (This could be a great opportunity for a arts and science program for pre-schoolers, school-aged kids, and/or families.)   February 19, 2016 RELEASE 16-019 NASA Invites Public to Send Artwork to an Asteroid NASA is calling all space enthusiasts to

Art and Science – Pointillism, Kinetic Sculpture, and Gravity

Combining art and science is a great way to engage those children and teens that are not interested in STEM. It also helps those who like STEM to explore different ways that STEM can be influential in other fields. Here are a few examples of ways to incorporate science into your art programming: Pointillism Art

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Shoe Boxes, Dioramas, and Tatebanko…Plus a Toilet Paper Roll or Two

Nearly all of us remember having to do them in school.  Some us dreaded them.  Others had a great time devoting hours to planning and tending to every tiny detail.  Nowadays, those of us in public libraries regularly encounter anxious parents who have come to the library wanting to know what they are, how to make

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