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Youth Library Programs/Info

A place to use for references when creating programs, or learning about the youth service in a public library setting.

How to Host a Teen Trivia Program

Recently, an out-of-state librarian contacted me about our monthly teen trivia program. She had questions about how we run the program, where to get questions, attendance, etc... I replied with all the requested info and she was very grateful. This has inspired me to share how we host our teen trivia program with all of...

A Small Fox in a Big World: One World, Many Stories :: Week 6 :: Away We Go! :: Dewey's Amazing Race :: FINALE!

Olivia Goes to Venice, by Ian Falconer We Played: DEWEY'S AMAZING RACE! 000s: Find It or Beat It Find It: Kids assemble a puzzle of a tourist site Beat It: One of the coldest inhabited places is Resolute, Canada, with an average temperature of -16 C.

Make an iPod Speaker from a Hallmark Music Card

Use a utility knife to cut along the top and bottom edge of the card to expose the speaker. Cut the speaker wire at the base of the circuit board first and then gently remove the speaker from the card.

Book, Line, and Sinker

I read and would recommend it to a person who likes action, drama, and a short read. In Lord of the Flies there are many action scenes and the reader wants to know what will happen next. Along with all the action found in the book, there is drama too.

24 Kids' Science Experiments That Adults Can Enjoy, Too

You're never too old for rainbows, explosions, or rainbow explosions. ..

18 Fantastic Fall Crafts for Kids!

Fall is a great time for craft projects. With all of the holidays in the fall, there is no shortage of fantastic ideas out there, especially for kids! Here are 18 craft ideas for kids to keep them busy and happy this fall. nggallery id='123344' ---------------- Read more of my babble posts right here.

The Show Me Librarian

Welcome to All Things STEAM, a resource for offering library programming in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. When it comes to developing my STEAM programming, I have a number of go-to resources that I use for inspiration and concept knowledge support. I've gathered links to those resources, my program how-tos, and other STEAM resources for your convenience.

This would be a cute idea to have teens put their favorite book quote on.

7 Guidelines for Building a STEAM Program

As the STEAM movement grows, more and more schools are integrating the arts into their STEM curricula. Those who have already made the transition offer these suggestions for schools just getting started: Avoid the "Traditional Pull" Dr. Jo Green-Rucker, the DeSoto (Texas) Independent School District's assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and high schools says students, teachers, parents and administrators are comfortable with traditional schools, and it's hard to get them to embrace something entirely new.

Tween Library Services

Creativity and relevance are key when creating tween programming.

STEM Read Homepage

You can find books to help readers of all ages explore the science behind the fiction. Check out our STEM Teen Read for young adult books or head over to STEM Read Jr. to see books, videos, and games for younger readers!

Earthquake in the Classroom - Activity -

Students learn how engineers construct buildings to withstand damage from earthquakes by building their own structures with toothpicks and marshmallows. Students test how earthquake-proof their buildings are by testing them on an earthquake simulated in a pan of Jell-O®.

This is a fun little experiment! All you need is:



Liquid dish soap

Whole Milk

Food coloring

Kids will come to find out that you can mix colors by just holding a q-tip dipped in soap, in food coloring, that is placed on milk. Soap has polar ends, meaning that the soap molecules are aligning and the fat tries to align with the fat. So when this reaction happens, it’s because the polar ends of the soap are trying to grab the globs of fat…this is why we use soap to get grease off our hands, because the soap pulls the grease away. This can also be turned into an experiment, with water, 2%, 1%, and skim milk. Kids will soon realize it won’t work the same way like with whole milk, because there isn’t as much fat in those kinds as in whole milk. This would definitely be a hit with kids!

I know, I know, may be a little too extravagant to do in a library program…but it looks soooo cool! I think this would be a great project to really get kids, and even parents, to develop architecture skills. It not only helps kids become creative, by deciding how they want their slide to look, but it also gets them to think how to successfully construct such an elaborate design. Also, another great thing about this, is that all the materials needed are used things you can find in your household! If someone were to ever use this project in a library program, they could maybe make this a competition and have teams try to build a slide that keep a marble rolling down the longest.