I don’t like the idea of starting up a program and feeling like you have to do it in perpetuity. For instance, like a monthly Crafternoon or Lego Lab. I would get bored and so would my patrons. To keep things fresh, I started a series of programs called Kids Create. It is aimed… Continue reading Kids Create
This week I got to make some great bookart holiday decorations that I wanted to share. First I made this totally secular (hmmm….) tree. Very simple, though a little monotonous and time consuming. This tree took me about 45 minutes. But it is the perfect activity for when you need to turn your brain off.… Continue reading It is snowing in the library!
This is, not shockingly, one of my very favorite poems and I wanted to share it with you for National Poetry Month. There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away, Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll – How frugal is… Continue reading National Poetry Month
This week we conducted our second training for year 2 of Bots & Books in San Angelo, Texas at the Tom Green County Library System. I brought these Lego candies for an afternoon pick-me-up. They actually click together! They taste a little like Smarties. Another day packed to the brim with information, but our librarians… Continue reading Bots & Books: West Texas Training
Our new grant fiscal year started September 1st and I have been really busy getting the second year of the Bots & Books grant up and running! This grant allows CTLS to provide the equipment and training to help get public libraries all over Texas started with robotics programming for youth patrons. STEM library programs… Continue reading Bots & Books, Year 2!
Just got word that my proposal for a session on robotics programming at the 2016 Texas Library Association Annual Conference has been accepted! The session, Bleep! Blorp! Books! Robots in the Library: How to Sustain a Robotics Program @ Your Library, is tentatively scheduled for Thursday of the conference, April 21st. Headed to Houston in the spring!!… Continue reading #TXLA16 Robotics presentation
The Space Science Institution is a nonprofit organization that does R&D and education to make science accessible. They created an education branch called the National Center for Interactive Learning. One of the NCIL’s projects is called the STAR (Science-Technology Activities and Resources) Library Education Network. Also known as Star_Net, they have an online community where librarians can collaborate,… Continue reading Public Librarians as STEM Educators?
When I first began work on my Masters through the University of North Texas, I had reservations about how I would do in a mostly online environment. Luckily, I thrived and found the tools provided through Blackboard to more than make up for the lack of “community” or “meeting of the minds”. I did like… Continue reading Public Libraries & MOOCs Can Provide Access & Engagement
Coding programming for kids is going to be/is already the next big thing! Catch this free webinar to learn more on implementing it in your library!
Cracking the Code – Coding in the Library
Wed, May 19, 2015, 2:00–3:00 PM CST
Join us for a webinar to look at FREE resources for teaching K-12 computer programming via your library. The best part? You need zero coding experience to participate! All you need is a willingness to have fun, let your patrons be the experts, and to provide time for kids to get excited about designing their own programs. Perhaps you have heard about Hour of Code? Well the hour for coding in your library is now! Don’t miss out!
The webinar will be presented by Leah Mann, Library Media Specialist at Killian Middle School in Lewisville ISD. Lea has fourteen years experience as an educator, including eight as a school librarian. She has a passion for providing opportunities for students to explore in a variety of ways and is excited to be a part this dynamic season for libraries. Leah has presented on a variety of topics at TLA, TCEA, SXSWedu, and ESC Region XI and is excited to have recently added coding to the mix, and to present her first webinar.
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