Early STEM Learning in Library Programs for Young Children
Early Literacy In Your Library -- A Three-part Webinar Series
Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, a report released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in June 2013, identifies 10 Key Ways that libraries can improve early learning outcomes, increase school readiness, and help all children, especially those most at risk, read and succeed at grade three. The report is a call to fully use libraries and museums to close knowledge and opportunity gaps and give all children a strong start in learning.
The second Webinar in the series will introduce literature-based math and science activities for librarians to include in storytime programs for preschool children. Children have a natural curiosity and librarians need only give them a chance to ask questions, explore, look for answers, and talk about their experience. The engaging activities are aligned with educational standards and will assist libraries in implementing the 10 Key Ways that libraries can improve early learning outcomes, in particular, “Supporting development of executive function and ‘deeper learning’ skills through literacy and STEM-based experiences.”