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#PLA2018 Drag Up Your Storytime!

I showed up early and parked myself close to the front of the room for Drag Queen Story Hour, the session I was most excited about. It did not disappoint! Queer performers who defy gender limitations are trained in storytime 101 by libraries to engage, sing, and read stories with children and families. Stories range from books championing diversity like Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress and Worm Loves Worm, to roaringly fun staples like The Book With No Pictures. Ever since hearing about the growing movement of these bright, fun, and fabulous storytimes, I’ve been curious about the logistics of bringing it to my own community. After the session, I felt confident that it’s not a matter of if but when I can make this happen! I serve a community that, at surface level, might not seem to be crying out for a drag queen storytime. With that said, appearances…

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#PLA2018 From Passive Participants to Engaged Experimenters

It’s not about the destination, it’s the journey. Inquiry-Based STEM Programming challenged us to embrace a learn-together model that puts students in the driver’s seat, empowering them to take ownership of their learning. We don’t need to be experts to impart critical thinking and problem solving skills, stimulate decision making and nurture curiosity, and ultimately create a cycle of continuous learning and trying new things. We can build off of school curriculum without being bound to it. It’s a great opportunity for kids to explore science, tech, engineering, and math in a relaxed environment without judgment or pressure. It’s more intuitive to absorb knowledge and concepts when it’s through personal, hands-on experience. Kids should be encouraged to dabble and see what happens! Inspire wonder. Relate science, technology, engineering, or math to real life, to something that will resonate with and excite kids. Pick a phenomenon and develop questions to drive…