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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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Attending a Science Conference

I recently attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, February 12-16, 2015. I was one of only thirty science Librarians provided with a sponsored (i.e., free) registration through AAAS; and one of the highlights of the meeting was […]

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STEM in Outreach

When participating in outreach opportunities throughout the community, a great way to stimulate interest is by incorporating STEM activities.  STEM activities can be simple enough to have during an outreach event, while also garnering a lot of interest from those participating.  There are several ways that you […]

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Shoe Boxes, Dioramas, and Tatebanko…Plus a Toilet Paper Roll or Two

Nearly all of us remember having to do them in school.  Some us dreaded them.  Others had a great time devoting hours to planning and tending to every tiny detail.  Nowadays, those of us in public libraries regularly encounter anxious parents who have come to the library wanting […]

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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 […]

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FFL Little Makers- Electrifying STEM Activities for Kids

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 […]

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It’s in the Stars! Astronomy at the Library

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 […]

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Using Environmental Programs to Fulfill STEM Needs

With the emphasis on science-related programs, the natural sciences often get overlooked… overshadowed by the chemistry or the technology and engineering parts of the STEM puzzle. How can we use natural resources and the outdoors to engage our audiences and help to fulfill some of those STEM needs? […]

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Measure, Mark, Cut, and Staple – Making 3D Snowflakes

Let it snow!  Let it snow!  Let it snow! That’s what my Crafternoon kids and I did not too long ago, and we had a great time doing it. We didn’t have to worry about treacherous traffic conditions, slipping on the ice, frozen fingers, having to shovel, […]

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