STEAM in the Public Library: Programs & Services for Children Amy Koester | St. Charles City-County Library District
Hello! Amy Koester Children’s Librarian with St. Charles City-County Library District, Missouri The Show Me Librarian Youth programs, services, and outreach
In today’s webinar… What is STEAM, and why does it belong in my public library’s youth services? Programs for preschoolers Programs for school-age children STEAM services What you need to do STEAM, and where to find it
What is STEAM?
Why STEAM instead of STEM? Arts in STEAM is NOT crafts Arts in STEAM means creativity Makes STEAM more accessible, more meaningful
Why STEAM Matters American children are lagging School & life success isn’t just about reading Creativity is a top work skill
STEAM at the Library What’s your mission? Literacy School success Lifelong learning
Anyone can STEAM You don’t need to be a content expert to use STEAM with library kids.
Programs for Preschoolers
Why STEAM with preschoolers? Natural curiosity Introduce concepts Reinforce concept knowledge Vocabulary Hands-on learning
STEAM Stories Be intentional about your books Include non-fiction Tap the STEAM concepts in fiction Talk!
STEAM Activities Hands-on is integral Add an experiment Use tools Make something Provide options
Observation Stations Exploring things close-up Sensory experiences Things that grow & change Tie to books
STEAM Programs STEAM Preschool Storytime Start with a book Talk about the STEAM concepts Ask (and answer) questions Hands-on activities Supply at-home options
Take-Home Kits Build around a topic Pack a few books Add some songs Include activity instructions
POLL Can you think of one of your existing preschool programs that you could modify to include a STEAM element?
Programs for School-Age Children
Why STEAM with school-age children? Curiosity Reinforce basic concepts Multiple literacies Creative problem-solving Developing personal interests
Science Programs Introduce your concept Books! Images & videos! Take questions Pose a challenge Time to build Test & observe
Technology Programs Meet kids where they are Introduce new tech Tablets & media creation Circuits & electricity Programming & gaming photo from MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone
Engineering Programs Build something Give direction, but leave room for creativity Variety of materials Share examples Test & compare structures
STEAM Programs Find the STEM potential in arts & crafts Create with atypical materials Provide context for activities
Math Programs Don’t call it a “math program” Find the math in games Puzzles! Board games! Spatial thinking Origami Simple weaving
POLL Can you think of one of your existing school-age craft programs that you could turn into a STEAM program?
Displays Make them attention-grabbing! Fiction and non-fiction Range of reading levels Visual interest Realia
Databases & Apps Highlight what you’ve got! Shelf talkers Tablet time Handouts Demo in programs photo from Digi-tots Playtime, by Stephen Tafoya
STEAM Readers’ Advisory Things to keep in mind: Non-fiction isn’t just for homework Different ways of reading Stories with STEAM themes Pairing materials
POLL Do you venture into the non-fiction stacks when doing readers’ advisory with children?
What you need, and where to find it.
Resources: Books Activity Ideas Janice Van Cleave Kids Can Press Great Publishers Pebble Plus Jump! from Bullfrog Books Authors/Illustrators Gail Gibbons Steve Jenkins
Resources: Blogs Library Blogs The Show Me Librarian Library Makers Little eLit Abby the Librarian Other Blogs Teach Preschool PreKinders
Resources: Websites Science Sparks Fun Science from National Geographic Kids Bedtime Math Mixing in Math Wonderopolis Pinterest (lots of STEAM boards!)
Supplies to Start Consider your STEAM service goals Gather recyclables Procure the basics
Funding, Grants, & Partnerships Budget No amount is too small Don’t be too modest Grants LSTA Grants Friends of the Library Private Grants Partnerships Local Businesses Local Schools
Wrapping Up STEAM has a place in public library youth services Existing programs can be modified with STEAM aspects STEAM services means more than just programs Lots of resources are available to help
Questions? Amy Koester @amyeileenk [email protected] http://showmelibrarian.blogspot.com