Library Programs, Youth Services

Be Inspired: STEM Concepts in Library Programming

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Last week, at the NMLA Mini-Conference in Los Alamos, I had the opportunity to present the State Library’s upcoming Initiative, STEM to Read. This initiative seeks to promote the incorporation of STEM concepts into early literacy programming (storytimes) at libraries around the state and facilitate library/museum partnerships. There are three components to the initiative: the workshops, library-museum partnerships (5 pilot sites), and activity trunks that will circulate throughout libraries. If you had the chance to join me — thank you! And if you missed it, I am uploading the PowerPoint to the presentation here: STEM to Read – NMLA.

Ideas from around the country

In researching for this initiative, I came across a wealth of ideas from around the country — ideas that can get you started on a focused STEM/early literacy program in your library. I am listing some links below. If you feel inspired and need some help getting a program going at your library, please contact me! I’d love to help.

Science Centers Circulating Backpacks Storytimes followed by nature walks
Digital Storytimes Museum Pass rewards Activity Maps (checklists)
Activity Stations Scientist-led Storytimes Flash drives loaded with info + games for parents to take home

Also, here are some great articles of programs going on:

About Ryanne

Ryanne Cooper, former Bureau Chief of Library Development at the New Mexico State Library, is now a freewheeling library supporter, advocate, and fan of New Mexico's libraries from afar.

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  1. Thank you, Ryanne!