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The Hubble Space Telescope is 25!

April 24, 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Telescope into Earth orbit.  In the 25 years since the space shuttle Discovery deployed it into space, Hubble has helped change the way we look at the universe.  The pictures it has sent back to earth have […]

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Myth-Busters in the Library: Sneaky STEM

In April, I decided to do a bunch of science programs and call them “Mythbusters.” The premise was based on the fact that this website exists, but when I got deep into what I could plan for cheap/free and what wouldn’t need parental waivers or worry about balloon allergies and […]

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Coding: It’s For Everyone

Teen volunteer helping young programmers during Coding Club

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 […]

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Seven Days of STEM: A week’s worth of Environmental Ed programming- Day 2: The Lake

Imagine your library property is home to a lake. It is a lovely lake. People like to picnic around its clean, sparkling water. Now imagine that all sorts of icky stuff inadvertently ends up in the lake. What do you do to clean it up? This premise […]

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Seven Days of STEM: A week’s worth of Environmental Ed programming, Day 1

Seven Days of STEM: Day one. Life Science. There is currently a movement afoot to “save the Monarch Butterflies.” I am all for this for many reasons, not the least of which is that they are simply amazing creatures. They have a lot to teach us as […]

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Crazy 8’s Club Session 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 […]

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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? Well, kids today don’t […]

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Community Partnerships — Looking Outside the Box

Community partnerships can help to solidify your library’s standing as a figure in the community, but can also help to bring new experiences to your patrons.  Many of us are looking towards schools and parks to find our community partners, but there is so much more out […]

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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 […]

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Public Lab

My library at the University of Southern Mississippi recently had a science café about the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) which is a community — supported by a 501(c)3 non-profit — which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By […]

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