Have Fun With an Ancient Instrument – a Mouth Bow

The first time I encountered a mouth bow was at Girl Scout camp many (I'm not about to tell you how many) years ago.  It was a camporee weekend, packed full of activities and workshops for us t'weens and teens.  One of the workshops was musical instruments from things we could find in the forest, mostly. 

STEAM Up the Library- with Help from your Community!

By Leah Kraus, Director of Community Engagement and Experience, Fayetteville Free Library As librarians, most of us are not STEM experts. Some of us might be lucky enough to have staff members on our team that have STEM expertise – whether self-taught or from a previous professional life. At our library, for instance, we are

Coding: It’s For Everyone

By Meredith Levine, Director of Family Engagement, Fayetteville Free Library Many libraries have added coding programs for children and teens to their programming regimens. Coding not only is a necessary skill for careers in technology related fields but it is a great way to think critically and learn how to problem solve. We all know

Minecraft is a fun STEAM Skill Builder

By Margaret Portier, Director of Innovative Family Services, Fayetteville Free Library We all have them. The makers, breakers, builders, growers, fighters, survivors, farmers… the kids that have exactly one topic of all consuming interest: Minecraft. Minecraft is a sandbox game that gives its users the freedom to shape the game world around them. Players can use

FFL Little Makers- Electrifying STEM Activities for Kids

by Stephanie Prato, Director of Play to Learn Services Fayetteville Free Library At the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL), we believe that informal, applied learning opportunities are an essential part of our library’s mission. Dynamic, hands-on STEM programs are tied to our commitment to providing free and open access to ideas and information. They support 21st century literacy skills,

Making at Your Library – No BUTS About it!

By Leah Kraus, Director of Community Engagement and Experience, Fayetteville Free Library At the New York Library Association's annual conference this fall, Fayetteville Free Library helped facilitate NYLA's 1st annual "Library Makers Showcase." Our library and several others from across the state got to show off some of the cool things going on in our respective makerspaces,

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