Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Youth Services October


We have launched the Dorothy's List Club  for Youth ages 11 to 13!  We will be reading, discussing and exploring the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award list.  Six youth met with Michelle on October 3rd to sign out our first book and to pick the books we will be reading in the future.  Multiple copies of the books will be borrowed from the State Department of Libraries.  We will meet each month to discuss the book, do an activity based on the book and pick up the next book.  We will discuss the possibility of attending the author ceremony in the spring.  If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Michelle, email- springfieldchildrensroom@gmail.com.
We are holding two Story Times in October.  Michelle won 10 copies of Todd Parr's newest book "Love the World" so we held a Todd Parr Story Time and each family received a new hard cover copy of the book.  The next Story Time, October 10th, will also include a book that Michelle won!  We do not have multiple copies but the author included great activities to match the book, "Rodzilla".
Michelle will be attending a VELI-STEM workshop to cover year three of the grant.  This training will bring additional STEM activities to present to our patrons.
Outreach to Pine Street Preschool (Head Start) includes a parent training on October 18th.  We will be talking about doing STEM activities at home.
Looking forward to attending New England Library Association Conference at the end of the month!

Friday, May 5, 2017

VELI STEM Project

Springfield Town Library is the newest member of the VELI STEM project. The Library
joins 23 rural Vermont libraries, participating in a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the
Institute of Museum and Library Services. VELI STEM stands for the Vermont Early Literacy Initiative in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The Vermont Center for the Book, the Montshire Museum, and the Vermont Department of Libraries are the three partners who applied for the grant.  Youth Services Librarian Michelle Stinson joined her peers from around Vermont in two packed days of training April 24 - 25, aimed at developing effective and sustainable practices for early childhood programming for 3- to 7-year olds, parents, and child care providers. Stinson will incorporate the tools, language, and practices from her training as she plans activities for Build a Better World, the national summer reading program theme. Blocks, Keva planks, straws and connectors are natural ways for families to experience engineering. STEM learning by the youngest Springfield residents contributes to a robust future workforce. We hope a new generation of inventors, scientists, engineers and mathematicians develops from STEM learning in Springfield.

The first year of VELI-STEM focused on Force and Motion, Building and Engineering this year, and Air and Water next year. Children explore objects and events, learning how to ask questions and construct theories about what they see and how things work. A question like “What will happen to a ball that rolls down this ramp?” might end up in simple experiments using different balls and measuring how far each travels. Librarians encourage this investigation through the use of fiction and non-fiction picture books and discussion.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate


Maker Mania


Story Time


Stop by for Stories



Babytime!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Legos and Laughs

January Youth Programs