During the summer, across the nation, libraries of all sizes begin planning their summer reading activities. Many, if not all, libraries schedule STEM or STEAM programs. These are craft or activity based programs with an emphasis on: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and/or Math.
My library is no different. We try to plan STEAM programs that are both educational and fun for the kids. If it shoots, flies or floats it’s a winner. Yesterday was our first STEAM program of the summer and although it ended well, the prep had us shifting gears at the last minute.
Originally, we intended on making pom-pom poppers using cups and balloons.
But we quickly realized we didn’t give ourselves enough time to experiment with materials and techniques. The day before the program we found out that mini cups don’t shoot, Styrofoam cups crumple when you put on the balloons and plastic cups left too many sharp edges. Yikes! Given more time we would have found a way to smooth the edges or reinforce the cups, but time was not our friend so on to Plan B!
As a librarian you have to be flexible. You have to be ready to shift gears at a moments notice. So that is what we did. Taking an inventory of the supplies we had on hand and doing some very quick Pinterest searches we decided on a floating ball activity:
This was the perfect back up plan. It was quick, easy and we were able to make it our own. The kids had a blast decorating their funnels and hypothesizing what would float higher and how long they could get their items to stay in the air.
Overall, fun was had and we made it through the day!
Today’s post will be all about the whos, whats, whys and whens behind the creation of this blog. I know, I know but we all have to start somewhere.
I can honestly say, that I have no real ambitions behind this site other then creating a space where I can keep track of all of the things I do as a librarian. Clutter is not my friend; I believe in clean desks and frown on any filing system that involves piles.
Librarians do a lot. We aren’t just there to shhh people and answer book related questions. We do programming and storytimes. We are tech gurus and sounding boards. We’re a shoulder to cry on and Google with a face. We create inviting displays, are constantly cleaning up after our patrons and more…oh so much more.
I originally intended this as a private site–a portfolio of sorts I could share with friends and family. But librarians are all about the facilitation of knowledge; we want to share what we know not only with our patrons but with each other. So I decided that, even if I am the only one who looks at this blog… that’s OK. At least it will be out there and anyone who wants to view it can. So feel free to browse. Pick and choose. If any of my ideas can help you in someway, I will be a happy camper!
The layout–My intention for the blog is to post about things I do at the library. This will primarily revolve around storytimes, children’s programming and the displays I do for the children’s room. My goal is to post at least once a week, more depending on what I have going on. Depending on the subject of the post, I will archive it under one of the following: Programming, Displays, Book Reviews.
I plan on doing a book review every Thursday. Although I am primarily a fiction girl I do read J, YA and adult materials–so even though most of this site will have to do with my work with children, the book reviews will span ages.
I guess there is nothing else to do except to get started! Bare with me as I get more familiar with this process and using WordPress in general.