Kites and Kite Programs for All Ages

  It's September, and here in the South the days are a little bit cooler, and the wind is picking up.  It's the perfect time to spend a day riding the wind with a kite or two.  It's even more fun to proudly display and fly a kite of your own design and making. This

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

Afterschool Alliance: STEM is important to parents

The Afterschool Alliance recently published a report titled "America after 3pm". One key take-away: "While parents report that many factors were important to them in selecting their child’s afterschool program, more than half (53 percent) said that STEM learning opportunities were very important in their decision. Of parents who shared that STEM learning opportunities were

By |September 2nd, 2015|Categories: STEM, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Move Over iPads, Kindles in the Spotlight

  Over this past summer my department added a regular Gadget Lab to our Summer Reading Club programming.  I had the opportunity to offer Kindle Fire HDs and iPad Minis for my school-aged participants to learn to use and play with.  Initially the program was offered every other week, but an advertising mistake gave me

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

Crazy 8’s Club Volume 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 volume kit, which is still available

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

STEM in Outreach

When participating in outreach opportunities throughout the community, a great way to stimulate interest is by incorporating STEM activities.  STEM activities can be simple enough to have during an outreach event, while also garnering a lot of interest from those participating.  There are several ways that you can incorporate simple STEM activities in your outreach

Putting Flowers on the STEM: Combining Language Arts and Science

Obviously in the library world, language arts is a big part of what we do. There is demand for more in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) realm as the schools are moving to new science standards. So how do we combine the two into fun, engaging programs that don't feel too much like school?

By |January 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

5 STEM Library Myths We Need to Bust Right Now

While STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in libraries has become a popular topic recently, many of us still have some trepidation taking the leap in the library. And who can blame us? A ton of children's librarians have backgrounds in the arts and humanities, and the last science class we took was ten or

By |December 2nd, 2014|Categories: STEM|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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