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
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
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,
Space is a fascinating place, and most people never tire of looking at the stars. If you have never looked up and marveled at the stars, now is the time to start! Astronomy programs at the library can come in many forms. You don't have to be an astronomer, but it can help if you
By Leah Kraus, Director of Community Engagement and Experience, Fayetteville Free Library At the New York Library Association's annual conference this fall, Fayetteville Free Library helped facilitate NYLA's 1st annual "Library Makers Showcase." Our library and several others from across the state got to show off some of the cool things going on in our respective makerspaces,
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?
Math at Play is a free resource to make math fun for kids ages 0-5. Made possible through generous funding by the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Evjue Foundation in Wisconsin, Math at Play is a great go-to site for games, songs, and rhymes to promote mathematical concepts in early learning. The resource is