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Strengthening Communities Through Libraries: STEAM Programming Toolkit and Minigrants

Science. Technology. Engineering. Art. Math. Libraries all over are offering children and families the opportunity to experience STEAM programming on a daily basis. The beauty of these interdisciplinary programs is that they allow children a chance to explore, learn, and think creatively in a vibrant community space.

 

Using blocks to play at the library
Photo rights maintained by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
 
Last year, ALSC received funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to provide twelve minigrants to ALSC members. These minigrants enabled libraries to provide out-of-school time STEAM learning for children in their communities. This year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has again presented ALSC with a $124,528 Youth Literacy grant.
 
If you have a fabulous idea for STEAM learning at your library and are in need of funding for your brilliant plans, you can apply for one of twelve $5,000 minigrants here:
Applications are due by October 20th, so start brainstorming today!
Playing video games
 
ALSC has also developed the Librarian Toolkit for Developing STEAM Learning Opportunities during Out-Of-School Time:http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/externalrelationships/170823%20ALSC%20toolkit-%20single%20page.pdf. In addition to answering the questions, “Why Out-of-School Time?” and “Why STEAM?,” the toolkit includes sample lesson plans, resources, and tips for successful STEAM programming. Whether you are just getting started in the world of STEAM or you offer regular STEAM programming every week, you’ll find something useful in this extensive toolkit!   


Stephanie Saba, a Senior Librarian at the San Mateo County Libraries, is writing this post on behalf of the Public Awareness Committee. She can be reached at sabas@smcl.org .

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