Summer in the Library: 21st Century Style!
She also facilitated some fun STEAM-based activities, demonstrating the importance of the 4 C's of 21st Century Learning.
Liz co-authored a book with Bryan Wunar of MSI called Summer Matters: Making All Learning Count, in which they outline practical steps for libraries and cultural institutions to partner in creating a sustainable summer learning program that's both fun and educational.
These programs promote collaboration and team-building; enhance communications skills; challenge players to persevere; build inference skills and SO MUCH MORE.
And the best part? The journey is the prize!
For Whom Library Use is Difficult, Limited, or Minimized
Elizabeth facilitated some very insightful discussions about the challenges people face a daily basis through use of the Skittles Game. This spurred ideas about how to help patrons who may find library use difficult, limited or minimized.
STEAM Activities on Space and Topics You can Use All Year Round
Marie also demonstrated how these ideas were put to use in the Oshkosh Public Library.
Taking Your Summer Reading Program on the Road and Bringing the Outside In
Lara shared programs she piloted with local supervised playgrounds; activities that brought in different community members; and how the Stephenson Branch partnered with its local school program to sign up new cardholders, provide off-site book checkout, and provide weekly off-site programs. She also shared data showing how her library was able to increase average attendance while also decreasing the number of programs!