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Top 10 Ways to Encourage Nature Play

An instructor teaches a little girl about nature.

Once a week in summer months, we have a program for kids in the small courtyard just outside of our youth department. The program, called Nature Play, is extremely popular with young children between the ages of 2 and 5 and their caregivers. It’s all about letting kids get outside with supplies and providing activities for exploring natural elements (like sand, water and dirt) — and, of course, getting a bit dirty in the process.

Hosting a Human Library at Your College

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A woman looks to her right at the words, "Sign up to be a 'human book.'"

The Human Library has become a popular way to challenge stereotypes and prejudice, allowing "readers" to check out a human book for topical conversation. In October 2016, the Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University hosted their own Human Library Event. Research & Instruction Librarian Laksamee Putnam shares her experiences in researching, developing and hosting this vibrant event.

Literary Costume Party

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A group of children show off their costumes.

The staff at the LP Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, N.B., wanted to do something really unique this year to celebrate Canadian Library Month in October. We also wanted to do a Halloween activity, while being mindful of the many families in our community that don’t celebrate it, or are newcomers to the country and might be uncomfortable with some of our more macabre traditions.

'Un-tech' Methods Help Library Teach Coding to Kids

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Question: When do you go “un-tech” when you want to go high-tech?

Answer: When you’re creating a coding program for kids.

That was the strategy Assistant Branch Manager Claire Rust applied when she designed the Beginning Coding Concepts program for kids at the Mid-Continent Public Library Blue Springs South Branch. Instead of building the program around computers, Rust opted for manipulatives and tabletop games to introduce the concepts behind computer program coding.

Less Jargon, More Practice: Successful eBook Instruction

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eBooks are fun, convenient and ... intimidating. Since publishers have become more accepting of making their eBooks available to libraries, the number of delivery platforms available at each library system has exploded. Each distributor has their own apps and tricks for use, sometimes making them difficult for our patrons to navigate.

Questions people may have about eBooks

My library system offers four different eBook and eMagazine platforms. Last month, I took on the challenge of developing and teaching a class about downloading and enjoying eBooks from our Library.

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