Submitted by Ginny Mies on 9 December 2014 - 12:44pm
Did you know? This week is National Computer Science Week! You may have heard about the Hour of Code, a fun event to get students interested in computer science. The Hour of Code can happen at any place (like the library!) at any time.
Submitted by Amy Moulton on 24 September 2013 - 3:40pm
During a visit to La Veta Public Library in southern Colorado last year, I noticed a colorful keyboard and big monitor sitting in the children’s area. When Director Sandra Hackbarth told me about her great experiences with the HATCH iStartSmart touchscreen early childhood learning system, I was ready to go back to my library and buy one.
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 3 May 2013 - 6:44am
Nothing warms this librarian mama’s heart like my three year old son begging to go to the library and then jumping up and down with joy when I agree. My son refers to my issue of Public Libraries magazine (which lies next to his issue of Ranger Rick on our coffee table) as “Mommy Loves Libraries” magazine. A Pew Internet report released earlier this week confirms we are not the only library loving mother child team out there.
Submitted by Julie Elmore on 27 March 2013 - 10:38am
When our younger visitors come into the library, they all seem to go straight to the same place--our AWE Early Literacy Stations. If you are unaware of the AWE Early Literacy Stations,
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 26 March 2013 - 1:49pm
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 15 March 2013 - 7:10am
Where will you be on Tuesday, March 26th? If you're interested in learning more about providing technology, storytime, and other services that make the library welcoming for children on the autism spectrum, then you may want to be online! Two free online webinars are being offered.
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 11 February 2013 - 8:53am
Come On In! at the Skokie Public Library (IL) offers specialized services, programs, and resources for families and encourages children with special needs to "Come On In!" and enjoy the library. The Youth Services Staff has been trained to better understand and serve children with disabilities. Join us for a free webinar to learn more about this successful program, with special attention to the technology involved.
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 7 January 2013 - 8:58am
Back in December, I blogged about Blinn Sheffield and the Independence (KS) Public Library's upcoming Scratch programming class. I plan to check in with Blinn as the class progresses and will post an update then. I also contacted Sherry Knight, the librarian at the Euless (TX) Public Library who inspired Blinn with her post on the PUBYAC listserv about her successful Scratch club. She discussed the overlap with the library's Lego program.
Submitted by Brenda Hough on 28 September 2012 - 2:28pm
Looking for an inspiring way to wrap-up your week? Caine's Arcade is a touching video about a 9-year old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade and invited people to play. Thanks to some fortuitous connections, big things happened.
Submitted by Renelda Sells on 18 January 2011 - 12:39pm
The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System has put in place an Internet Safety Education Program featuring the NetSmartz Workshop, an animated, interactive, age appropriate software program designed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This educational tool teaches Internet safety awareness to children, teens, parents, guardians, and educators and is available in three grade levels. The one thing that impressed our staff the most was that the workshop is totally self-contained. A student can work through the entire program without assistance from library staff.