Explore! Marvel Moon Free NASA Webinar

I recently received this e-mail from Christine Shupla, with the Lunar and Planetary Institute.  I hope she doesn't mind my forwarding her announcement. I've attended some of these webinars in the past, and they are fantastic, as well as a lot of fun!  I remember one where we created the phases of the moon by

New Life for an Ancient Tool – Making and Using Abaci With Elementary Age Kids

              What can you do with a group of kids, corrogated cardboard, a lot of beads, pipe cleaners, and some masking or decorative duct tape?  Make abaci, of course!                         With a little bit of preliminary work, this is a craft program

Space Racers Wins the Gold!!

SPACE RACERS® WINS BEST NEW PRESCHOOL SERIES Space Racers® has been awarded the 2015 Cynopsis Kids !magination Award for the Best New Preschool Series. This prestigious industry award honors the year’s best in children’s, tween and family programming and marketing. Additionally, the Space Racers Parent & Educator Toolkit received Honorable Mention in the Educational Series/Special Parent/Teacher Curriculum

New Traveling Exhibit From the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration

    One aspect of the Lunar and Planetary Institute is the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration.  The Center offers libraries a number of traveling exhibits on a variety of themes related to the moon, earth, asteroids, and other astronomical subjects.  Libraries can request exhibits on-line and they are provided on a first come,

Virtually Chat With NASA Engineers & Experts

  Keliann LaConte, with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, allowed me to pass this great info along to any StarNET folks who may be interested. They all sound like great opportunities to learn from and work with the experts in various fields of science and research!!   PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Virtual Chats with NASA Engineers Schedule

Kites and Kite Programs for All Ages

  It's September, and here in the South the days are a little bit cooler, and the wind is picking up.  It's the perfect time to spend a day riding the wind with a kite or two.  It's even more fun to proudly display and fly a kite of your own design and making. This

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 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

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

Reading + Math : Interactive Math-Oriented Storytimes

The Doorbell Rang (Pat Hutchins) and Other Math Friendly Picture Books to Play With by Luna Dara Kelondra Several weeks ago, during my bi-weekly Crafternoon program, we shared the book The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins and managed to learn some math concepts along the way.  Crafternoons are programs for school-aged children (and their parents when they

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