Tree-mendous Mini Camp a tremendous success!

Taking advantage of connections to the county parks department, spring weather, and spring break, we tried a new program idea this spring. A Tree-mendous Mini Camp was held on two days in a local county park; we did a variety of tree-related activities, learning games, reading, crafting, and more. For two and a half hours

Tomatoes in Containers!

We recently made use of Spring Break to host a program presented by our local agricultural Extension Agent. The horticulture agent came to our library to present a program all about tomatoes! She and her assistant talked about different varieties of tomatoes, a little bit of the history of the tomato, what they need to

Poly- What? Learning the language of 3D Geometry

    Shapes, shapes, and more shapes.  Circle, triangle, square, rectangle - it all starts of easy enough.  Then it get a bit more complicated when you move from two dimensional to three dimensional - sphere, cylinder, pyramid, cube, prism.  Then, before you know it, your tongue is in a knot, and you're totally confused.

Pumpkins! (with STEMs!)

Happy October! Like the rest of the known (well, at least here in the Midwest!) world, you CAN bring pumpkins into your programming! But there are ways to do this which include many STEM concepts as well as fun! There are many great fiction titles about pumpkins, some of which actually follow the life cycle

Tangrams – Stories, Shapes and Spatial Thinking

      Tangrams are possibly among the easiest of puzzles to make, and the among hardest to master.  The traditional tangram is composed of seven pieces - 2 large triangles, a medium sized triangle, 2 small triangles, a square, and a parallelogram - that will fit together into a perfect square, among thousands of other

New Life for an Ancient Tool – Making and Using Abaci With Elementary Age Kids

              What can you do with a group of kids, corrogated cardboard, a lot of beads, pipe cleaners, and some masking or decorative duct tape?  Make abaci, of course!                         With a little bit of preliminary work, this is a craft program

Southeastern Forests and Climate Change

Project Learning Tree (PLT) https://www.plt.org/ has been discussed in previous posts. There are a number of secondary modules (for grades 9-12) available to enhance and expand the PLT curricula. Modules include Biodiversity, Biotechnology, GreenSchools! Investigations, Focus on Forests, Forests of the World, Places We Live, Focus on Risk, Municipal Solid Waste, and Southeastern Forests and Climate

The Hubble Space Telescope is 25!

https://youtu.be/g889verOmbE April 24, 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Telescope into Earth orbit.  In the 25 years since the space shuttle Discovery deployed it into space, Hubble has helped change the way we look at the universe.  The pictures it has sent back to earth have allowed us the see more clearly,

Crazy 8’s Club Session One

For anyone who hasn't heard of Bedtime Math or Crazy 8's Club, they have quite a lot to offer to kids, parents, afterschool program providers, and public children's librarians.  I wrote about their newest Crazy 8's Club kit earlier. Here I want to mention what is offered in the first session kit, which is still

Reading + Math : Interactive Math-Oriented Storytimes

The Doorbell Rang (Pat Hutchins) and Other Math Friendly Picture Books to Play With by Luna Dara Kelondra Several weeks ago, during my bi-weekly Crafternoon program, we shared the book The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins and managed to learn some math concepts along the way.  Crafternoons are programs for school-aged children (and their parents when they

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