The Keene Public Library had its first Advisory Committee Meeting to plan the activities of a National Leadership grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project “Little Makers: Library STEM and Maker Activities for Very Young Learners” will develop STEM and Maker programming for young learners ages two through six and their families.
The meetings were held at the library on December 12th through 14th. Guests included Dr. Deborah Black (KSC), Jaymie Hines (KSC), Dr. Lisa Brahms, (Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh), Saroj Ghoting (Earlylit.net), Joy Kubarek (PEER Associates), Dr. Lisa Regalla (Bay Area Discovery Museum Center for Childhood Creativity), Deb Ganley (Cheshire Children’s Museum). Stephanie Chang (Maker Ed) and Zack Weaver (Bldg 61 at the Boulder Public Library) participated virtually.
\Much discussion involved evaluation methods. Committee members and staff discussed what a successful early STEM and making project would look like and how evaluators will know whether goals are reached. This part of the discussion was led by project evaluator Joy Kubarek of PEER Associates.
In Keene, the project will take place in the Kay Fox Meeting room and will begin in the late spring or early summer. Activities will initially occur on Saturdays but may also be offered on a weekday. The project will involve partner libraries in Brooklyn, Denver, and Skokie. These libraries will come on board in the fall of 2019.
LIttle Maker activities will include woodwork and building, simple circuits, and playful activities with light, wind, and water. The program will be designed to involve both parent or caregiver and child. The goal will be to develop the maker mindset and the growth mindset. For more information about the Little Maker project, please contact Tracy Snow at the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 or email@example.com.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services supports projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archives fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice with new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used. The Institute received 113 preliminary proposals. Forty-six projects were invited to submit full proposals and of these 31 projects were awarded $4,947,294.
The Keene Public Library offers a full calendar of more than free public events throughout the year for people of all ages. For more information about these programs, please contact Gail Zachariah at the library at 603-352-0157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.