Fairy tale adventures, space exploration scavenger hunts, science experiments, and roller coaster design challenges... all through Minecraft!
TD3 Innovative Gaming is a student-led startup that delivers engaging and educational programs through Minecraft and other video games.
Their goal is to leverage the digital environments of children's favorite games as a platform to nurture academic and social skills.
Their content spans a diverse array of topics and activities, including STEM, history, personal finance, fairy tales, and outer space, providing a safe, interactive, and fun learning environment.
A full list of available activities is available at www.td3innovativegaming.com/libraries.
Despite their young age, their organization has partnered with hundreds of libraries nationwide. See where they have held their programs before.
If you are interested in learning more, please call Jack Viscuso at 631-944-0986 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.td3innovativegaming.com or view this informational document for more information.
Solar science resources are available from the Wisconsin Department for Public Instruction for local libraries looking to host activities coinciding with the upcoming solar eclipses. Public libraries can serve as centers for eclipse education and viewing for their communities during the annular solar eclipse in October 2023 and the total solar eclipse in April 2024, while state agencies, like the DPI, will be the backbone for supporting their libraries by circulating the solar science programming kits.
The solar science kits are a “program in a box,” featuring books Moonbear’s Shadow by Frank Asch and When the Sun Goes Dark by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, interactive activities, and solar viewing instruments including a solar telescope, a SunSpotter, and Sunoculars. They also include printed materials aimed at helping public library staff feel more comfortable when talking about these exciting celestial events. There are two kits geared for a multigenerational audience, and two kits for a younger audience.
The solar kits, along with two in-person training workshops held in September 2023 for library staff throughout Wisconsin, were made possible by funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and a supplement to the NASA@My Library project,the Space Science Institute, through its Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries (SEAL).
To reserve a kit for a program at your library, please submit a SEAL KIT Reservation request. The kits are available statewide starting the week of October 20th, 2023. A description of the contents of each kit is also available.
For programming ideas and other resources, visit Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries (SEAL).
Please email Jeni Schomber, Public Library Consultant, if you have any questions.
Girls Who Code Summer Programs
5/4/2022 update from Kelly Bolter, Adult Programming Coordinator @ Milwaukee Public Library:
We're counting down the days until Melinda Myers will be celebrating Pollinator Month with your libraries and patrons! She’ll be hosting 3 live webinars and 3 youth videos with corresponding DIY projects that can be done as part of library programming with kids, tweens and teens. These projects can also be accessed online for any families or households who would like to do this at home with take home kits.
Attached (below), you will find a DIY Project Supplies List created by Melinda. This could helpful for any libraries who plan on including them in a Summer Reading Program, and any take-and-make kits. Please note that step-by-step instructions for each of these DIY projects and the corresponding videos are being produced and will be available online by 5/16 on the program’s webpage, www.atc-GrowSmart.com/library. This page is currently under development.
I’ve also attach(ed) a refresher of the Pollinator Month program and content that will be provided to our libraries free of charge (see the attached June 2022 Pollinator Month Factsheet) and information so you can promote the 3 pollinator gardening webinars presented by Melinda to your patrons (see Pollinator Month 2022 Webinar Registration Info).
If you have any questions, please contact Diana Paul at email@example.com.
Thank you for getting the word out about the importance of pollinators and ways we can help them! Please note the dates of the Pollinator Month Webinars are June 1, June 15, and June 22.
Original post: 3/21/2022
June is National Pollinators Month. In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and how everyone can help them, American Transmission Co. is teaming up with gardening expert and author Melinda Myers. Together, they will produce and provide libraries throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with educational programming and content for National Pollinators Month.
The content and programming will be made available to the libraries at no cost and the libraries may offer the programs and content to their patrons throughout the month of June...
The following information is taken directly from the WI Libraries for Everyone blog post, PBS Wisconsin Education Resources Available (April 19, 2022).
Guest post from Marci Glaus at PBS Wisconsin Education
Whether you are preparing for Oceans of Possibilities this summer or looking to bolster early learning and youth services programming, PBS Wisconsin Education provides both Wisconsin-specific and nationally-curated content you can use as a springboard or central component to educational programming.
PBS LearningMedia is a free digital learning website created to support the distribution of compelling Pre-K-12 educational media resources. PBS LearningMedia’s robust and contextualized digital resources are designed to supplement educational experiences with video segments from award-winning PBS documentaries and series, PBS KIDS properties, station-produced programs, and original video and interactive resources!
Collaborative Summer Library Program
Examples below highlight some ideas from PBS LearningMedia that pair well with preparation for Oceans of Possibilities summer programming:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Beyond summer library programming, pbswisconsineducation.org offers seven different Wisconsin-focused collections for grades 3-12 with cross-curricular connections in American Indian Studies, English Language Arts, Environmental Education, Music, Social Studies, and Science. Collections include videos, student interactives, games, educator guides, and more. All of these resources are made with Wisconsin educators, and are completely free to use in any learning space!
If you have any questions or would like to talk further, please contact Marci Glaus: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Booking Now for Spring & Summer 2022!
Alex Thomas and Friends offers a variety of unique programs, in person and virtual. A team of professional animators & puppeteers with Television and Film experience, they have been providing unique library programs for nine years. They're also willing to travel!
As an international non-profit, Girls Who Code offers free and flexible computer science opportunities for students with a strong emphasis on social-emotional development.
I’m excited to share that Girls Who Code’s free Summer Immersion Program (SIP) will be virtual again in 2021. We care deeply about serving students who are underrepresented in the tech field and lack access to CS education. I want to help you learn more about the program and encourage your eligible students to apply!
SIP is a free 2-week virtual program!
Participation is 100% free, and GWC provides need-based stipends of up to $300 for those who qualify. We are committed to serving all girls and non-binary students but especially those who come from underrepresented backgrounds in tech, including Black, Latinx, and low-income students.
Partner with us and your students receive priority consideration!
As a SIP Community Partner your students would receive priority consideration into the program. All they need to do is indicate that Nicolet Federated Library System is their Community Partner when asked on their application. Complete this form to partner with us!
Encourage your students to apply, share the blurb below!
I hope you can partner with us and share the blurb below with 9th-11th graders in your community. If you have any questions, sign up to join an informational call.
For educators, families, students and any who loves the Great Lakes, Wisconsin Sea Grant staff have created coloring sheets to celebrate our great watershed.
When your work of art is finished, they would love to see it! You can:
Be sure to tag your image #ColorTheGreatLakes
Download the full booklet and let the colors flow!
See also: Explore Lake Sturgeon
Ben Jimenez is offering an online version of Ben's Bubble Show to libraries for viewing.
The video is 30 minutes long and is:
Each library will be given a password to share with their patrons. Go to the website and enter the password to see the video. It will be continuously available for two consecutive days, starting at 9AM on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 and will stop at 9PM on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
Patrons can view it as much as they like during the two days.
Ben will also be offering more individualized times and dates as requested. Feel free to share this information with any other libraries, schools, etc.
Please contact Ben Jimenez with any questions or to participate: 773-499-6782 or email@example.com.
Libraries can register here to access all the available resources, including posters, STEM activities, videos, and much more. By registering, your library will be automatically entered for a chance to win Scholastic and NASA Earth science books and more. Our Planet: EARTH resources are available through the STAR Library Network (STAR Net), an online community of library and STEM professionals that work together to strengthen STEAM learning in public libraries nationwide.
Source: Libraries Transform® Newsletter
The Girls Who Code club programs can support your library's STEM goals!
Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world. Participants not only learn hard coding skills & computational thinking, but they'll also learn project management skills, collaboration, bravery, how to positively impact their community, and so much more!
When you start a Girls Who Code club, you gain access to all of the following:
There's no computer science experience needed to host a club, since Girls Who Code is with you every step of the way, and there is absolutely NO reason to not take advantage of this free opportunity today! Even if you don't have the details of your club finalized yet, you can complete our easy Club Form to access all of our resources and curriculum today! Here are some next steps to get you ready to launch a club in the new year:
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in for your library, Megan Cindric (Regional Partnership Coordinator - WI, MN) would love to take some time to chat with you. You can schedule a time to talk using this link. She can also be reached at:
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David Stokes is a Wildlife Educator in Hales Corners, Wisconsin who has been doing presentations in the Milwaukee Area since 1985. He is an award winning Naturalist/Educator/Entertainer in Wisconsin. David does programming throughout the Midwest and offers library programs for families and children.
A Universe of Animals…Bio-Diversity
David uses songs, live animals and things to touch.
He also includes puppets, artifacts, riddles, sign-language and humor.
David is a Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Teacher of the Year and an “Aldo Leopold” award winner. The Northshore United Educators (WEAC) honored David for educational excellence.
Find out more about his knowledge of Nature, the programs he offers to schools and other institutions, his press kit, and his schedule.
Absolute Science is an amazingly fun and educational program aimed at children of all ages to become engaged in the world of science through their demonstrations and experiments. They offer a fun, interactive live program as well as an array of exciting "Reaction Stations" where kids make and take awesome experiments.
The time when wild animals are having babies is upon us, and with that the DNR’s Keep Wildlife Wild team is hard at work.
The Keep Wildlife Wild team is tasked with providing information about wildlife species natural behaviors, tips on how to determine if a baby wild animal is truly orphaned, and what to do if someone finds a wild animal who is sick or injured. It provides handouts and a lesson plan, which includes an interactive activity and a list of Keep Wildlife Wild-themed books!
These resources and many more can be found at our Keep Wildlife Wild web page, under the Educational Materials tab.
"We offer a program called "Incredible Bats" featuring live Fruit Bats. This is a multi-media presentation in which we display live Egyptian Fruit Bats and African Straw-colored Fruit Bats. It is a program well suited for children and adults.
Our one-hour multi-media program starts with an interactive power point presentation dispelling the common myths and giving an overview of bats worldwide. Embedded in it is our echolocation video from our YouTube channel. The latter part of the talk focuses on local bats and the challenges facing them. After the talk portion two different species of fruit bats are displayed for Q&A.
At least one of our striped skunks is brought along for petting and photo ops. You can see our four skunks on our IncredibleSkunks Facebook page. We can also bring out a tarantula, axolotl or gecko.
We are licensed by the USDA as Class C exhibitors and carry exhibitor's insurance. We are located in the south suburbs of Chicago and have been giving presentations for over 20 years.
Visit our web site or go to our Incredible Bats Facebook page.
Your friends at Incredible Bats"
Looking for a fun, musical and magical way to celebrate our universe in 2019? Uncle Mike's music will have your patrons of all ages singing, clapping, and dancing along to such classics as the "Chicken Dance" and "The Happy Wanderer," and learning exciting new songs like "The Flying Machine Polka," all of which tie into 2019's Universe of Stories theme.
Your Playbooks for Building a Successful Career and Launching a Thriving Small Business
The At Your Best book series that was just released by Skyhorse Publishing. The series provides A-to-Z, step-by-step game plans for building great careers and successful small businesses in the Skilled Trades as a Carpenter, Electrician, Plumber, HVAC/R Tech, Welder, Mason or Painter. Carpenter is also translated to Spanish.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the author, Juan Carosso, at (206) 641-1695.
Traveling Lantern has been educating and entertaining children nationwide since 1985. Its mission is to bring great stories to children, to draw them into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imaginations.
For the 2019 SRP Space and Showtime themes:
My Mother The Astronaut
To the moon and beyond!
Aquarius' mom is an astronaut and today is "Take your child to work day". Aquarius can't wait to go to NASA and find out what it's like to be in space!
They visit Mission Control where she meets scientists and engineers who show her what they do and she learns all about space travel. Her imagination blasts off and she dreams of incredible journeys through the cosmos!
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