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STEM in Preschool Storytime

I really love STEAM. Which is a weird thing for an English major-turned-librarian to say, perhaps, but there’s something really satisfying about connecting traditional literacies to more recently recognized ones. I’ve been connected with a lot of great resources through the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, City of Learning, and the …

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover

We hosted our first stuffed animal sleepover (a program where children have a storytime and leave their stuffed friend at the library overnight for photographed shenanigans). Another program I inherited after a staff member left, I wasn’t entirely sure how this program would go. It was scheduled the week of …

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PreK Art and Science: Popsicle Stick Symmetry

Resources: Murphy, Stuart J. Let’s Fly a Kite. 2000. “Making Shapes.” Education.com. 2013. http://goo.gl/g3aOx9 Schwake, Susan. “Fold Me a Print.” Art Lab for Little Kids. 2013. p 76. Supplies: For the Mirror Demo: Symmetry mirror Household objects, some symmetrical, some not For “Making Shapes” Take Home: 20 craft sticks/child Markers in assorted colors …

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Homeschool Art and Science: Gravity

A quick one-shot lesson plan from a juvenile art and science session I ran as an intern. I wrote this up in detail for a Teaching and Learning class during my MLIS. Resources: Chin, Jason. Gravity. 2014. Supplies:     For Gravity Drop: Ping pong balls, marbles, Styrofoam balls, pencils, …

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PreK Art & Science: Ice Painting

Ice Painting via Wadleigh Memorial Library Resources: Schwake, Susan. “Ice Drawings.” Art Lab for Little Kids. 2013. p 36. “Primary Colors.” Ok Go for Sesame Street. 2012. http://youtu.be/yu44JRTIxSQ – 1:30 music video reinforcing primary colors as the basis of all color. Supplies: White Cover Stock Food Coloring Craft Sticks Prepared …

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Let There Be Moose

Some days, you plan everything and it just doesn’t work. Other days, you kind of forget about the fact that you’re actually running storytime until the day of… (I’ve never done that, don’t look at me like that…) I grabbed some moose books. Yes, moose. We had just gotten “This …

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PreK Art & Science: Little Blue and Little Yellow

Little Blue & Little Yellow via Chez Beeper Bebe Resources: Lionni, Leo. Little Blue and Little Yellow. 1947. Mulder-Slater, Andrea. “Tasty Color Mixing.” KinderArt. http://goo.gl/y9JhLq Supplies: Copy of Little Blue and Little Yellow for each child. For Frosting Station: Blue food coloring Yellow food coloring Red food coloring Vanilla frosting …

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Of Harpies and Crying Wolf

I was killing time on my break today when I was made aware of the statements posted by #teamharpy on their legal defense fund site. First, false allegations suck. Second, rape culture sucks. Third, truth is often squishier than the facts. Since I took Ms. de Jesus and Ms. Rabey at …

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STEAM Three Ways: Silly Putty

Library staff are often crunched for time, particularly in the youth services department (although I may be biased here). To that end, getting the supplies and planning for a single science activity that can be used in multiple age groups has a real, measurable time and budget savings. It’s important …

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