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

NanoDays at the Library

    NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally in late March and early April. This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska. At the nanoscale—the scale of

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

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

It’s not WHAT you know, so much as WHO you know…

We have heard this adage many times. And this blog is a great example of that kind of networking. I have long resisted this fact and tried very hard to be all things to all people. While the learning is exhilarating, it can be very exhausting! :) I am currently involved in the Professional Environmental

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