Hands-on STEM: Scale Model of Sun and Earth

While we all know that the Sun is very big and very far away, its actual size and distance from Earth can be hard concepts to grasp. Many Solar System models that we see inaccurately display the relative size of the Sun compared to the planets, and almost all models inaccurately display the true distance

Happy World Water Day!

In honor of World Water Day, here is a look at some water resources and program opportunities! I recently had the opportunity, through my involvement as a Project WET Facilitator, to act as a field tester for early childhood water activities. The new guide, Getting Little Feet WET, is available as a digital download beginning

What If? to Oh Cool! The Scientific Method Put to Work Launching Stomp Rockets

      How can  kids use the scientific method to develop better, higher flying paper rockets, or, better yet, shock the administrators on the third floor?  It's easy! For the last several years, I've been doing stomp rocket programs at my library.  Whether it's during summer reading club or in the middle of the school

Paper Airplane Challenge!

Last week my Crafternoon participants (with a few moms and one teen-aged sister included) enjoyed a paper plane tournament.  It was a wonderful, low cost, quick prep program which everyone enjoyed thoroughly. I collected all the paper airplane books that my library system owned, added quite a few that I bought online, and had them laid

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

Bring Climate Literacy to Your Library Through a Popular Citizen Science Project

 The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network is a volunteer, manual precipitation observation network born out of a need for high density precipitation data following a significant flood in Colorado. From its inception, CoCoRaHS has followed a two-pronged approach of educating the public in climate literacy topics and collecting high quality, high-density precipitation

Family STEM Nights

Family STEM nights are a great way to encourage people to visit the library, because you are able to engage the entire family at one event.  Sometimes, this can be easier for parents -- being able to take the entire family out for one fun event that is appropriate for all ages.  For our STEM

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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

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