March 28, 2017

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How To Start a Baking Club at the Library

Members of the La Vista (NE) Public Library A.J., Raoul, and Audi line up to try homemade chili mac.

Want to start a baking club at your library but not sure where to start? Teen librarian Lindsey Tomsu has you covered.

Summer Programming Inspirations, from Scavenger Hunts to Lunch at the Library

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With reading boot camp, a makermobile, and more, these libraries are ready for summer break.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

LittleBits Introduces First Game-Based Coding Kit

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The littleBits Code Kit leverages the hands-on building of a game to make coding accessible.

STEM U: Working Collaborations Between Schools and University Students

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These inspiring partnerships reflect a growing trend: alliances between universities and K-12 students that emphasize problem-solving and mentoring skills.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

STEAM Project Recipes: Insta-Robots and Sewing Art

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Step-by-step illustrated instructions for sewing and robot-building activities from SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

New Year, New Ideas: Knockout Programming for 2017

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From astronomy and salsa storytime to family literacy and more, these programming ideas for the year ahead hit it out of the park.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

On “poetical science” and making beyond the “space”

In his history of the digital revolution, The Innovators, Walter Isaacson reveals Ada Lovelace’s significant legacy–that the humanities and technology could happily coexist as a poetical science. This particular coexistence, he notes, does not usually exist in our schools. Many people who celebrate the arts and the humanities, who applaud vigorously the tributes to their […]

Top 10 Tech | 2016

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Our picks highlight leading tech trends, with an eye toward the future.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit

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How can Hugo Cabret wind the clock faster? Novel Engineering, a Tufts STEM initiative, draws technical challenges from children’s literature.

The “A” in STEAM: Bring Out the Inner Artist in Kids

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Great ways to engage children in open-ended art projects at the library.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

It’s Genius Hour!

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Understanding genius hour and making it rock at your school.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

STEAM, with an Emphasis on “A” | SLJ ISTE Webcast Series

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This fall series, sponsored by littleBits, explores the education technology topics educators are talking about this school year, from virtual reality and STEAM to popular culture and digital literacy.

Celebrating the Peculiar: Program Ideas in Advance of “Miss Peregrine” Film

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Not sure what to do to celebrate the arrival of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children film adaption? “Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth has some suggestions!

Hey, I Built a LEGO Wall! Here’s How.

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An elementary school librarian quickly assembled an inexpensive LEGO wall with donated LEGO bricks, crowdsourced advice, and good humor.

String Theory: Projects Merging Math, Art, and Making

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Recipes for large and small-scale geometric string art projects from Todd Burleson, SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Trend Alert: Kite-Making Workshops

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We’ve caught wind of a new trend—kite-making workshops taking place in libraries across the country. Here’s what’s up—and away!

Turn STEM into STEAM: Storytelling with ScratchJr

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ScratchJr is designed for younger learners and hardwired for telling stories. Tips for integrating ScratchJr and coding with storytelling, from library media specialist Addie Matteson.

SLJ Reviews Sphero’s New Robot, SPRK+

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An upgrade of the popular robotic sphere, SPRK+ sports a tougher, transparent shell and other features, all toward making STEAM learning fun.

SLJ Reviews the littleBits STEAM Student Set

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Want to see your students get excited about science, technology, and art? Tell them you have the design to build a throwing arm. Our review of the littleBits STEAM kit.

Amazing Marble Run Mazes | Programming Cookbook

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Librarian and programming expert Holly Storck-Post offers a foolproof program recipe for fun—and educational—marble runs.