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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?
STEAM Services
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
amy.e.koester@gmail.com
http://showmelibrarian.blogspot.com

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STEAM in the Public Library: Programs & Services for Children

  • 1. STEAM in the Public Library: Programs & Services for Children Amy Koester | St. Charles City-County Library District
  • 2. Hello! • Amy Koester • Children’s Librarian with St. Charles City-County Library District, Missouri • The Show Me Librarian • Youth programs, services, and outreach
  • 3. 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
  • 5. Why STEAM instead of STEM? • Arts in STEAM is NOT crafts • Arts in STEAM means creativity • Makes STEAM more accessible, more meaningful
  • 6. Why STEAM Matters • American children are lagging • School & life success isn’t just about reading • Creativity is a top work skill
  • 7. STEAM at the Library • What’s your mission? • Literacy • School success • Lifelong learning
  • 8. Anyone can STEAM You don’t need to be a content expert to use STEAM with library kids.
  • 10. Why STEAM with preschoolers? • Natural curiosity • Introduce concepts • Reinforce concept knowledge • Vocabulary • Hands-on learning
  • 11. STEAM Stories • Be intentional about your books • Include non-fiction • Tap the STEAM concepts in fiction • Talk!
  • 12. STEAM Activities • Hands-on is integral • Add an experiment • Use tools • Make something • Provide options
  • 13. Observation Stations • Exploring things close-up • Sensory experiences • Things that grow & change • Tie to books
  • 14. 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
  • 15. Take-Home Kits • Build around a topic • Pack a few books • Add some songs • Include activity instructions
  • 16. POLL Can you think of one of your existing preschool programs that you could modify to include a STEAM element?
  • 18. Why STEAM with school-age children? • Curiosity • Reinforce basic concepts • Multiple literacies • Creative problem-solving • Developing personal interests
  • 19. Science Programs • Introduce your concept • Books! • Images & videos! • Take questions • Pose a challenge • Time to build • Test & observe
  • 20. 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
  • 21. Engineering Programs • Build something • Give direction, but leave room for creativity • Variety of materials • Share examples • Test & compare structures
  • 22. STEAM Programs • Find the STEM potential in arts & crafts • Create with atypical materials • Provide context for activities
  • 23. Math Programs • Don’t call it a “math program” • Find the math in games • Puzzles! • Board games! • Spatial thinking • Origami • Simple weaving
  • 24. POLL Can you think of one of your existing school-age craft programs that you could turn into a STEAM program?
  • 26. Displays • Make them attention- grabbing! • Fiction and non-fiction • Range of reading levels • Visual interest • Realia
  • 27. Databases & Apps • Highlight what you’ve got! • Shelf talkers • Tablet time • Handouts • Demo in programs photo from Digi-tots Playtime, by Stephen Tafoya
  • 28. 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
  • 29. POLL Do you venture into the non-fiction stacks when doing readers’ advisory with children?
  • 30. What you need, and where to find it.
  • 31. Resources: Books Activity Ideas • Janice Van Cleave • Kids Can Press Great Publishers • Pebble Plus • Jump! from Bullfrog Books Authors/Illustrators • Gail Gibbons • Steve Jenkins
  • 32. Resources: Blogs Library Blogs • The Show Me Librarian • Library Makers • Little eLit • Abby the Librarian Other Blogs • Teach Preschool • PreKinders
  • 33. Resources: Websites • Science Sparks • Fun Science from National Geographic Kids • Bedtime Math • Mixing in Math • Wonderopolis • Pinterest (lots of STEAM boards!)
  • 34. Supplies to Start • Consider your STEAM service goals • Gather recyclables • Procure the basics
  • 35. 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
  • 36. 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