Monthly Archives: January 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017: Programming More Important Leading Up to the Eclipse Than the Day Of


A STAR_Net Blog Guest Post by Dennis Schatz and Andrew Fraknoi A number of libraries have written to inquire about how to be part of the Moore Foundation grant to get eclipse viewing glasses and information even though they are closed on Mondays, which means they won’t be open when the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse occurs.  The answer to whether they can still be involved is a definite YES. Programming in the weeks and months leading up to the eclipse is, in many ways, more important than what we do on the day of the eclipse. More than 300 million people [...]

Solar Eclipse 2017: Programming More Important Leading Up to the Eclipse Than the Day Of2017-01-23T08:01:14-07:00

Scratch Jr. Code Camp


This past winter break, Skokie Public Library experimented with offering a variety of 3-day camps for patrons grades K-5, all in some way connected to STEAM topics. One camp for grades K-2 focused on coding using Scratch Jr., a free iOS app that is an adaptation of the web-based, visual programming language Scratch intended for younger audiences. We chose Scratch Jr. for several reasons. The fact that the platform is free is a big one. We also looked at this camp as an opportunity to extend learning beyond the library’s walls into the youths’ homes--and thus the camp was a gateway [...]

Scratch Jr. Code Camp2017-01-18T14:14:11-07:00

Digital Learning Day


By Sarah Lawler, Director of Partnerships & Outreach, Fayetteville Free Library At the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL), digital resources are a priority. We work tirelessly to discover and implement online resources that patrons are looking for. The library’s digital resource collection includes Overdrive, Cloud Library, Freegal, Mango Languages, Flipster, and more. Promotion of these services is essential to their success. At the FFL, we are lucky to have a marketing department that implements eye-catching displays and signage throughout the library as well as on our website. However, we’ve found that some of our patrons, despite being active library users, are not [...]

Digital Learning Day2017-01-17T12:55:52-07:00

Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA


Celebrate Science and Women’s History Month with NASA Science Education Partners Guest Post By Bonnie Meinke / Space Telescope Science Institute Help your community explore the wonders of NASA science, and celebrate the contribution of women to STEM! Libraries will have the opportunity to host events related to NASA's scientific explorations of the universe beginning in March for Women's History Month. NASA’s Universe of Learning astronomy education program is celebrating National Women’s History Month with the expanded Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA project (formerly the NASA Science4Girls and Their Families initiative).  Libraries are encouraged to partner with NASA's Universe of Learning science education program throughout [...]

Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA2017-01-05T15:48:53-07:00

Connecting with STEM in Public Libraries!


By Dr. Annette Shtivelband, Founder / Principal Consultant, Research Evaluation Consulting, LLC Think of the students you help every day. These kids have dreams for the future – some want to become teachers, doctors, firefighters or astronauts – and when they are young, the options seem limitless. However, as students age, they may not receive the support and encouragement they need to reach their dreams. In some cases, they may have little interaction with the activities that spark their passions and motivate them to pursue their interests. In other cases, their families may lack the finances for after-school activities or programs. [...]

Connecting with STEM in Public Libraries!2017-01-05T12:43:47-07:00

Dream Big to Build a Better World


  By Jeannine Finton, Senior Manager of Pre-College Outreach, American Society of Civil Engineers This year’s Summer Reading Theme is “Build a Better World.” This is a great opportunity to introduce people to engineering, especially civil engineering. Civil engineers design, build, and maintain all the things that connect us and let us live in safe, healthy communities such as our roads and bridges, drinking water and energy systems, sea ports and airports, and the infrastructure for a cleaner environment, to name just a few. Think of a civil engineer when you: Turn on your tap to take a shower or drink clean water Flick [...]

Dream Big to Build a Better World2017-01-04T18:57:52-07:00
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