STEM Programming for All Ages

186p. (Practical Guides for Librarians). bibliog. index. photos. Rowman & Littlefield. Aug. 2018. Tr $65. ISBN 9781538108161.
In this accessible primer on STEM programming in libraries, Pard, a public librarian in Montreal, cites studies and reports from the United States, the UK, and Canada that emphasize the relevance of and growing demand for STEM skills in professional fields. She explains why libraries are uniquely suited to support the development of these abilities. Her tips on budgeting, gathering supplies, and more are helpful for librarians who are just getting started or seeking support from stakeholders. The bulk of the book is devoted to engaging STEM programs, both high- and low-tech, organized by age group (preschool, elementary, teen, adult, and family/all ages). Many of the ideas feature instructions, photos, and specific examples. The guide also covers opportunities for community partnerships and passive programming and includes a brief chapter on programs targeting underrepresented populations in STEM fields, such as the LGBTQIA+ community and those who identify as female. While the prices and availability of materials may change with time, the program ideas are dynamic and could readily be modified as needed. Each chapter contains a summary of key points, and the book ends with useful resources.
VERDICT A valuable foundational text for school and public librarians looking to introduce or expand STEM programming.

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