STEAM TIME IS PARENT TIME

| By Mira Tanna |

It’s Wednesday in the story room, and there is some calming music playing in the background while twenty toddlers are hard at work.

A girl is using a dropper to squeeze colored water onto a coffee filter. She is practicing her pincer grasp which will be useful when she starts to write. “Ava” is also building her skills of scientific reasoning, watching the yellow water turn the white filter a very light yellow, then watching another part of the filter turn reddish and – surprise! – seeing the area where the two colors bleed into each other turn orange. Ava’s mom hovers nearby, making sure Ava doesn’t dump colored water on the floor and helping her turn an already colored filter into a butterfly by putting a pipe cleaner in the middle.

Other kids are matching painted clothes pins to corresponding paint chips from the paint store. These children are learning to match and compare, honing their powers of observation as they differentiate between cerulean blue, azure and blueberry.

The most popular table has sandboxes—five plastic bins filled with sand. Using common kitchen utensils like spatulas, strainers and ladles, kids dig up painted pasta, buttons and other surprises buried in the sand. Children are using problem solving skills: How can I separate the colored pasta from the surrounding sand? Which tools work best to accomplish this task? And wow – that shower of sand raining down from the slotted spoon is sure cool!

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Boulder Public Library Now Offers Accredited Diplomas to Adults

“At BoulderReads, we’re working with adult learners who want to enhance their education and enhance their job prospects,” — Shelley Sullivan, BoulderReads manager She said the online program is an accredited high school diploma that’s accepted at both community colleges and four-year colleges—something that’s not always the case for non-accredited diploma programs. Participants receive credit … Read more

The Great American Eclipse 2017

On August 21, 2017, North America will see its first total solar eclipse in a century. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. Even though the sun is much bigger than the moon, because the moon is so much closer to us, they appear about the same size in … Read more

GALE DIRECTORY LIBRARY UNDERGOING SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS!

Gale Directory Library is undergoing significant updates to improve its user experience. The addition of essential workflow tools and expanded data sorting, filtering, and exporting will make this popular collection of online directories easier to use than ever before. The 23 individual titles, which make up the directory library, will be updated over the next several months. Beginning … Read more

Help Them Build a Better Business

In the U.S., there are 28.8 million small businesses, accounting for 54 percent of all sales reports the Small Business Administration.  Across the country, public libraries are supporting entrepreneurship as a core mission and are increasingly serving as vital members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The public endorses this approach: A 2015 Pew Research Center survey … Read more

Respect, Educate, and Protect: GVRL and Digital Citizenship

| By Nicole Albrecht | When I was growing up, technology wasn’t something my friends and I depended upon much. Though it was exciting—from pagers to AOL instant chat sessions—my friends and I were able to connect more than ever, but it wasn’t a constant in our school. By the time I was in college, … Read more

St. Louis Libraries Now Offers Accredited Diplomas to Adults

The thousands of dollars that actor Jon Hamm will raise at a St. Louis County Library event next week will fund scholarships for an adult online high school in St. Louis. The St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library are following the lead of more than 100 major public libraries—including Kansas City, Los Angeles and … Read more

Unearth the Evacuation of Dunkirk with GVRL

| By Debra Kirby |

What does the release of the movie Dunkirk this weekend have to do with seeing my oldest daughter off to college? See below for the answer.

In the meantime, why not check out a few Gale eBooks on GVRL to bone up on this history changing event?

This brief overview is a good start:

Click to access the entire overview

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Product Update: Gale eBooks on GVRL

Early August, users of Gale eBooks on GVRL can benefit from several platform and search improvements. Our product team is always considering ways to improve the user’s experience, and after reviewing feedback from customers, we’ve made updates to Gale eBooks on GVRL that will greatly benefit users of all types. Take a look at some … Read more

Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History Provides Added Value for Users with New Curriculum Alignments

Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History provides primary sources that cover 15 different eras—perfect for U.S. History and AP U.S. History classes. Inside, students will find over 1,800 seminal primary sources including objects, journal entries, and personal correspondence from the museums, archives, and collections of the Smithsonian, as well as from Gale’s leading digital collections. Gale listens to … Read more