Leap Into Science
For STEAM programs, I have found the Leap Into Science Training to be a great introduction to providing
evidence-based STEAM programs. Training with them includes access to fully-developed curriculum that
can be used for preschool to elementary school programs and even family workshops. The programs
that they have created all use reading a picture book as a component of the program, so this can be a
gentle segue from more traditional library programs. Check out their website here.
These are a few of the resources that I have found helpful in growing as an educator. What resources
do you like?
So at first glance, this hasn’t been a particularly successful grant project. And I think it’s important to acknowledge that not all grant projects are successful and that we shouldn’t let that stop us from taking a chance on trying something new with grant funds. While the program may not have gone exactly as I’d planned, the community still benefitted and I still learned a lot about engaging with my community.
Part of this grant process is to take the "Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries.Facilitation Skills E-Course" and I was lucky enough to take this course as part of a cohort with virtual get-togethers after each segment of the course. (The course is also available asynchronously and free of charge. I recommend it!) Taking this course greatly increased both my ability to host a facilitated conversation and my confidence and excitement about doing so. As a result of taking this course, I now feel ready to plan a community conversation about food. This new conversation ties in with adult and teen programming we’ve been doing over the last couple of years, and will also engage several community partners we’ve been building relationships with. Participating in the grant process was vital to being able to take this next step, so I’m so glad that I did!
We wanted to make sure to send along some tips and takeaways from our debrief sessions:
April 30: Programming
-Watch & Reads
May 7th: EDI
-Watch & Reads
Want to find these resources at a later date? Head over to our spring workshop page.
The Spring Workshop Fundraiser: Virtual Auction
Thank you to everyone who participated in the CSD fundraiser this spring. Whether you bid, bought, or donated, your support is greatly appreciated. The fundraiser brought in over $700.
What's next for CSD?
If you were a member back in 2019, you might recall our first Summer Reading Summit in the fall! We are planning on having a similar learning opportunity called the Youth Services Summit. We are unsure if this will be in person or virtual, but will very likely have a virtual component. Stay tuned for more info, and thank you for your support of CSD!
1. The Spring Workshop continues. Our next watch & read is about programming in general. Click here for the content. Remember, you can watch or read any of the links, or none! These resources aren't going away so feel free to bookmark them.
2. If you can, join us for a debrief/sharing on April 30, 11 AM-1PM. The Zoom Link is pasted and highlighted at the top of the shared Google Doc.
3. The last in our workshop series, EDI in services, is coming soon! The debrief for that will take place May 7, 11AM-1PM.
Looking for a quick way to see if the Alaska Libraries iREAD Showcase on YouTube has anything that can help you? Check out this “Cliffs Notes” version of the webinar. Included are types of events discussed and the time stamp (minutes:seconds) on the YouTube video (see bottom of blog post for the video). I also created Bibliocommons lists of book titles discussed. I did not include every title mentioned.
Spend a few minutes looking at this quick view of the YouTube video and see if there is anything of interest in the one hour and 20-minute webinar. Hope this saves you some time and helps your summer reading planning.
Let us know if you would like to see more quick view versions of webinars.
Presenter: MJ Grande, Youth Services Librarian, Juneau Public Libraries
Storytime Books for Movement: 9:13 (minutes: seconds timestamp on video)
Bibliocommons list of storytime titles for movement.
Upcycle Tutu: make a tutu out of leftover newspaper bags: 14:49
Craft, Melted Crayons on Canvas: 16:05
Page 209 of 2021 iREAD Resource Guide. See picture below.
Indigenous books to read and hear: 17:04
Color Inspiration Books: 19:56
Presenter: Susan Jones, Youth Services Librarian, Fairbanks
Her programming focused on ages 3-9.
Things to consider when creating your SRP plans: 23:23
Don’t set plans in stone. Set in Jello for lots of wiggle room.
Scavenger Hunt: colors 28:26
Outdoor Day: 29:54
Music Concerts outside: 30:35
Mad Scientists (virtual): 31:04
Paid Performer: 32:46
Take and Make Bag: 33:34
Aurora Borealis Art project: 34:17
Pandemic Quilt: 35:12
Colorful Family Flag: 35:35
Color Your Plate with Fruits and Vegetables: 35:57
Mystery Sticker Posters: 36:35
Minerals, Rocks and Gems: 37:06
Rubber Chicken Karaoke: 37:30
Essay Contest: Forgot to get timestamp.
Presenter: AJ Gooden, Igiugig Tribal Library
Has directions and materials lists and is willing to email you a copy. Update 3/25/21: I requested her materials and received them. They are excellent. I highly recommend getting them. Most of her programming will be in-person.
Color Fun with Process Painting: 41:33
Color Fun with Crayons and Marker: 42:51
Hands-on Color: 43:48
Questions about Color: 45:29
Survey patrons about color and explore their questions
What makes color?
I Color (Artists and Color): 49:10
Colors of our World, Earth Art and Community Photo Book: 50:50
Interactive Displays: 52:40
Presenter: James Adcox, Youth Services Coordinator, Kenai Community Library
DIY Kits for Teens and Tweens: 55:14
Teen and Tween Virtual Programming: 1:05:31
Incentives and Giveaways: 1:15:20
STEAM Kits: 1:17:18
Alaska Libraries, Reading Colors Your World, Summer Reading Showcase YouTube Video
From the website: "This YouTube video is a panel discussion sponsored by the Alaska State Library on activities for the 2021 Alaska Summer Reading Program using the iREAD program."
Announcing: the 1st Ever Virtual CSD Spring Workshop series!
No time to watch or read? That's okay! You can come anyway!
Can't attend the debrief session? You can still watch or read about the topic when it's best for you.
Save the Date, 11AM-1PM
March 19: Summer Reading
Click here to get started on March's Watch and Read on Summer Reading.
For more information about the entire series go to our Spring Workshop page.
Questions or need the Zoom link? Contact CSD Co-Chair Bryce Kozla.
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