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March 30, 2015

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Full STEAM Ahead with Tween and Teen Programming, webinar for Florida Libraries

Full STEAM Ahead with Tween and Teen Programming You can register and view the archived webinar here What you’ll find in the webinar slideshow: Why use technology in your library programming? What technology can you use in your library programming? Evaluating Cubelets, Little Bits, Makey Makey, Raspberry Pis and Spheros (with help from The Robot […]

TPiB: Programming with Straws

TPiB: Programming with Straws

@TLT16 Must. Get. So cool! Will have to repeat our Everything is Strawsome program again and add these to it. — Laura Renshaw (@LauraRenshaw1) January 30, 2015 When I was Tweeting about Strawbees on Twitter, Laura Renshaw sent me the above tweet about her library’s Everything is Strawsome program, an obvious play on the popular […]

TPiB: Herbal Bath Sachets (aka Tub Teas)

TPiB: Herbal Bath Sachets (aka Tub Teas)

This morning as I walked outside, there was this gross layer of ice over everything that was practically invisible. The kids at the crosswalk were slipping and falling all over the place, and then it started to rain ice. Not hail or sleet, this was like little jagged shards of ice that were pelting my […]

TPiB: Mexican Sugar Skulls Made Out of Clay (with links to a few other multicultural crafts)

TPiB: Mexican Sugar Skulls Made Out of Clay (with links to a few other multicultural crafts)

As part of a Social Studies project, The Tween and her classmates had to create crafts to sell at a recreated “Mexican Market”. For our craft project, we created Sugar Skulls out of clay which proved to be very popular. Sugar Skulls are an important part of the Mexican Day of the Dead, or the […]

Career Conversations, programming for older teens

Career Conversations, programming for older teens

What do older teens want out of library programing? Communities differ, but in my area, with teens in a highly demanding school loaded with AP courses and ample, high quality after school activity options, the library’s offerings have tough competition for teens’ precious after school time. The strategy here is not to attempt competing with […]

Feeding Minds and Bodies: Libraries, Nonprofits, and Authors Offer Food Education

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Libraries, authors, and world-famous chefs, including Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters, are stepping in to ensure that children and teens are food literate, from providing food itself to incorporating lessons on nutrition, food sourcing, and gardening into curriculum and literature.

View from the Director’s Chair: Guest post by Lynette Pitrak

Downers Grove Public Library just finished a large redesign project, and two of the major changes were a brand new Teen Central area and a Digital Media Lab. While the Digital Media Lab is open to all ages, we thought that our teen patrons would be especially excited about this area’s advanced video, music, and […]

Webinar: Putting More Music in Our Libraries (Music and Teen Programming)

For some time now I have been putting together a variety of webinars for Florida Library Webinars (with Novare Library Services). So when they asked me months ago about some potential topics for this year, one of the items I wanted to explore was putting more music in my library programming. I must give a […]

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Teach Kids how to Code, Make Apps and 3-D Models With These Tools

Teach Kids how to Code, Make Apps, and Try 3-D Printing With These Tools

The best applications for teaching basic programming skills—no geek cred required to use them successfully in your classroom or library. Other apps enable kids to build 3-D models, which they can print, too.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

From Scratch to Tynker: Tools to Teach Kids How to Code | screencast tutorial

From Scratch to Tynker: Tools to Teach Kids How to Code | screencast tutorial

A screencast tour of four free applications to help kids learn how to code: Daisy the Dinosaur, Hopscotch, Scratch, and Tynker.

Twelve Libraries Apply & Win Día Mini-Grants: Here’s How

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As dwindling funds and looming budget cuts reach many of the nation’s public libraries, 12 institutions received $5,000 mini-grants to support programming in their diverse communities. ALSC recently gifted these Día Family Book Club Program awards to expand El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día) into an ongoing yearlong celebration. The winning libraries give SLJ some insights into how they garnered the much-needed funds.