Galimoto – Sculpting With Wire

                               Galimoto Truck Galimoto is the African art of sculping wheeled push toys from scrap wire, sticks, bits of cornstalk, and anything else available.  Children collect the components from refuse and by trading and/or bartering with others.  When enough

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

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

Crazy 8’s Volume 2 Has Arrived!!

Do you remember math as the boring, confusing subject in school that you were obligated to suffer through?  Did you identify with the poor, miserable character in Jon Scieszka's Math Curse, tossing and turning in your bed at night, dreading the next math test? Math Curse by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith Well, kids

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,

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