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 [...]
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By Stephanie Prato Director of Play to Learn Services Fayetteville Free Library At the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) we are working to offer coding opportunities for all ages through the public library’s informal learning platform. We introduce young children to programming logic, we teach elementary and middle school children coding languages, and we support adults in skill building and career shifts. Normally we break up our participants by grade: kindergarten through second graders, third through fifth graders, teens, and adults. However, we recently decided to try a multi-age “Family Coding” program. Family coding is advertised for parents and their children, and [...]
By: Monica Kuryla, Director of Innovation Acceleration The Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) offers an innovative and inexpensive twist on traditional book clubs using Skype. Adding technology to a traditional book discussion is a fantastic way to enhance the book club experience for both the author and book club attendees. The lively conversations that come out of the Skype program add a new level of appreciation of the art of reading and literature. Some of the bestselling authors we have had attend our book club include: Adrianna Trigiani, Jamie Ford, Chris Bohjalian, Lauren Groff, Joyce Maynard, Christina Baker Kline and Mary Kubica. [...]
By Sarah Lawler Director of Partnerships & Outreach Fayetteville Free Library At the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL), it is a priority to offer informal STEAM learning opportunities. We strive to offer this type of programming to patrons of all ages and skill levels. Lego robotics programming is especially popular. During these programs, participants work together to build a robot out of Legos, and then they program the robot to perform specified actions, such as building a sled dog to carry cargo or creating a model to kick a ball. FFL patrons especially love to participate in Lego robotics learning opportunities. Because [...]
Stephanie Prato- Director of Play to Learn Services Fayetteville Free Library Little Makers is a monthly STE(A)M program designed for K-2nd grade. (To learn more about our Little Makers program series, see our earlier post here. In this session we got to be paleontologists and explore the concepts of dinosaurs and fossils. Prep Before the Program: There is about 1-2 hours worth of prep to do before this program. I used the following recipe to make the dinosaur fossils for excavation, prior to the program, so they would be hard enough to chip away at. During the Program: We stared out [...]
By Maija McLaughlin, Director of Digital Access, Fayetteville Free Library Since January of this year, the Fayetteville Free Library has been running a monthly Lego WeDo program for children K-2nd. For several years, the library has facilitated programs for teens and middle schoolers utilizing Lego robotics platforms such Lego MindStorm. Our savvy patrons and parents asked “Is there Lego robotics programming for younger children?” Enter Lego WeDo. WeDo is a lego robotics kit which can make 9 different robots. The robots include an alligator, a drumming gorilla, a man in a boat, a lion and the list goes on. Once the [...]