It is the beginning of a new academic year. Today, our faculty offered a student orientation activity. I met a group of first-year college students. Despite the trend of many nontraditional students entering college, these students all looked to be… Read More ›
Tips for Starting a Makerspace Program and More
Once upon a time, I started my own free after-school program for elementary and middle school children. I worked with a few neighborhood children in a donated space. After I arranged for the room, I talked with local parents to… Read More ›
Picture Books and Primary Sources: Samuel Morse, That’s Who! By Tracy Nelson Maurer and El Primo Ramon
Traveling the world, becoming inspired, overcoming obstacles, and changing life as we know it all sound like parts of some amazing movie. They are also parts of the picture book story of Samual Morse, inventor of the telegraph and Morse… Read More ›
The 5 E’s of Inquiry-Based Learning
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 18.7 percent growth in employment in science and engineering occupations between 2010 and 2020, compared to 14.3 percent for all occupations (NSF 2019). Due to the need for STEM-skilled workers, the U.S…. Read More ›
Libraries Welcome All Families: Makerspace Mondays!
The AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School and Public Library Cooperation is now focusing its work on equity, diversity, and inclusion projects that include library partnerships. This blog post is the first in this new series. By Carrie Sanders The YALSA… Read More ›
The Monthly STEAM Challenge
One of the things I’ve struggled with as a high school librarian is makerspaces. At my large suburban high school, students have ample opportunities to take STEM/STEAM-related classes that allow them to create the types of projects they might make… Read More ›
Afrotopia: Culturally Relevancy in Science Fiction, Who Knew?
As a school librarian I am proud of the evolution and expansion of children and young adult literature throughout the years. My goals are to increase literacy and make my excitement about books contagious. However, as an adult reader I… Read More ›
STEM Interventions: How early is too late?
Introduction Time went by fast for me this school year. I had the opportunity to collaborate with some great librarians on various projects. One of the things that I learned during my quest for knowledge was that children are not… Read More ›
Ideas + Collaboration = Grant Funding
Last month, Steven Yates, 2017-2018 AASL President, wrote about the grants that were available through AASL. The post indicated that February 1, 2018, is the deadline for many opportunities. Given the fact that the February deadline is approaching quickly, you might… Read More ›
AASL Celebrates 2017 School Library Month with Spokesperson Andy Weir
Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2017 celebration of School Library Month (SLM). Observed in April, SLM celebrates school libraries as approachable, equitable and personalized learning environments necessary… Read More ›