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Topsham Public Library – CREA Community Nature Programs Lecture Series




Topsham Public Library

Last Tuesday of each month@ 6:30pm
Cathance River Education Alliance

Cathance River Education Alliance and Topsham Public Library work in partnership to present the CREA Community Nature Programs Lecture Series. These programs are FREE and open to the public, and are held at the Topsham Public Library the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. For more information, check out their website: creamaine.org.

Smithsonian Human Origins Exhibit at the Bangor Public Library



Bangor Public Library
March – April 2017
Smithsonian Human Origins Exhibit at the Library

human-reunion-posterDeveloped in partnership with the American Library Association and made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (link is external) and support from the Peter Buck Human Origins Fund (Smithsonian), this exhibit will offer the content of the Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins to communities around the country by bringing this temporary exhibition to 19 public libraries.

Numerous community activities will occur at BPL from mid-March through mid-April including:
March 18 – Cave of Forgotten Dreams video and discussion
March 29 – Bangor Reads Your Inner Fish by Dr. Frank Bragg
Click here for more Human Origins activities in March and April at BPL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R. David Lankes, The New Librarianship Field Guide – Join the Conversation at MELA



Join the Conversation!
The New Librarianship Field Guide by R. David Lankes

We’re sure excited for the Maine Library Association’s upcoming annual conference, and we hope you are, too! R. David Lankes, one of this year’s keynote speakers, is a favorite author of ours, and his latest book, The New Librarianship Field Guide, is both a call to action and a practical resource for all who care deeply about librarianship and its mission.

“Librarians aren’t in the information business—we’re in the knowledge business,” writes Lankes, Director of USC’s Library and Information Science Program, and as he explains, this means “the conversation business.” Advocating for a library mission that actively facilitates learning and knowledge creation for our diverse, twenty-first century communities, Lankes emphasizes the power of libraries to create positive change.

In anticipation of what is sure to be an inspiring address, here’s a sampling of a few of our favorite chapters in The New Librarianship Field Guide.

Ch. 4 Knowledge Creation
Knowledge is created through conversation, Lankes argues, and rather than serve as passive cataloguers of “artifacts of knowledge” or “packets of info,” libraries facilitate learning encounters for their members. To do this, librarians need to ask questions to understand the context of what members already know in order to figure out what they need and where they want to go. This is equally true for answering a member’s reference question and determining book acquisition and classification systems. And this mission extends beyond the physical walls of a brick and mortar library—to a library website, its social media presence, the activities it sponsors within the community. “By seeing learning as conversations not confined by a space or a time, and librarianship as independent of the buildings and institutions called ‘libraries,’” says Lankes, “we can expand our mission of improving society further than ever before.”

Ch. 5 Facilitation
Librarians “create the conditions for people to learn,” and they do so through four key areas: access, knowledge, environment, and motivation. They can facilitate two-way conversations by bringing in experts and promoting the expertise of members; they can expand the definition of literacy beyond reading to include literacy in mathematics, finance, technology, and culture in order to strengthen members’ abilities to continue learning. They can create welcoming spaces, both physical and virtual, that inspire and facilitate safe, diverse conversations, and they can motivate members to learn by understanding where they’re at and where they want to go.

Ch. 7 Improve Society
Libraries and librarians make choices that shape their communities, says Lankes. They are neither neutral nor passive. Rather than shy away from this power, librarians can wield it to empower their members and serve their communities. The library mission, argues Lankes, is a mission for social justice, and as trusted, credible community authorities, librarians are in a position to effect real change. By questioning systems and pursuing improvement, seeking diverse community input, protecting the freedom to pursue all ideas, and by continually examining their own beliefs, librarians can create a better world.

We hope to see you at the MLA conference November 14-15! And don’t forget the Library Partner Summit on December 9. We’re looking forward to talking about facilitation and going into these ideas in more depth.

Come on out, have fun, and join the conversation!

Interactive NASA Exhibit “From Our Town to Outer Space” at Auburn Public Library




The Auburn Public Library is excited to be hosting Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space, a national traveling exhibition from mid-April through early July. It is an inside look at NASA, America’s space agency and covers six key NASA areas: Human Exploration, Earth Science, Mars Exploration, Solar System and Beyond, Aeronautics, and Technology. We are one of seven libraries in the country to be chosen.

The exhibit includes stunning imagery, hands-on activities, and multimedia experiences such as a near real-time kiosk called Eyes on Exoplanets; an immersive experience of astronauts living onboard the International Space Station; a touch table where users can build their own virtual solar systems; two large, touchable meteorite samples; a wind tunnel that’s interactive; and many more engaging activities. Getting young people interested in science and technology can be a challenge, but Discover NASA strives to make it fun.

APL will also offer a related series of public events and programs to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities to children, teens and adults. We are planning to host Mad Science, an astronomy expert, a program on the history of Andover’s Telstar Communications satellite, Northern Stars Planetarium and Portable Educational Services, and many more programs. We will be reaching out to nearby libraries and schools with special invitations to visit APL. The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours.
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Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space was developed by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL). It is part of NCIL’s STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net).

(The material contained above is based upon work supported by NASA under award No. NNX15AB02G, entitled “From our Town to Outer Space: Bringing NASA Science and Engineering to Underserved Communities through a National Public Library Exhibition Program”, or, FOTOS. Any opinions expressed herein are the opinions of the grantee or their partners, and not necessarily that of the funding agency.)

Mamie Anthoine Ney, Director, Auburn Public Library

Science Cafés: Interactive STEM with an Expert




Science Cafe schedule at PPL
Learn about specific topics from local experts. These aren’t your typical presentations though, there is usually a hands-on part in these interactive two-way discussions.

Movie Nights: Visualizing STEM



York Public Library is helping the public “look” at science through this fun film.
“Inside Out”
Family Film Series
Saturday, December 19, 6:30 p.m.
Disney Pixar presents an inventive animated film that takes you on a journey from the “inside out” to discover the emotional roller coaster inside your head. Grab your pillows and blankets, wear your PJs, and come enjoy the movie along with our complimentary popcorn. Rated PG. 120 minutes.

LEGO Clubs: A Fun STEM Resource for All Ages



A great resource for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning are the fun block toys, LEGOs. Not only has the Portland Public Library made them available for youth, but there are teen Lego clubs, (and wait for it…), adult LEGO clubs! Yes! Many libraries around Maine have LEGO clubs and are building amazing things including community engagement around science.

Children (ages 7 to 12): every Tuesday, 3:30 to 5
Teen (ages 12 to 19): every Wednesday, 2:30 to 4
Adults (ages 18+): second Thursday of each month, 5:30 to 7
Riverton all ages / families: every Saturday, 11 to 12:30
Children (ages 7 to 12): every Tuesday, 3:30 to 5
Teen (ages 12 to 19): every Wednesday, 2:30 to 4
Adults (ages 18+): second Thursday of each month, 5:30 to 7
Riverton all ages / families: every Saturday, 11 to 12:30

Click here to see dates at times for upcoming Lego Club activities at PPL

Science-Based Book Clubs: reading into STEM



Technology Impacts and Another Time, Another Place are just two of the many ongoing book clubs at Curtis Memorial Library. Recent reads include Alan Touring: The Enigma, and Tunnel in the Sky. Check their book club calendar for monthly meetings and book selections.

Science Resources: Activities to model in your library




Science-Based Book Clubs: reading into STEM

Technology Impacts and Another Time, Another Place are just two of the many ongoing book clubs at Curtis Memorial Library. Recent reads include Alan Touring: The Enigma, and Tunnel in the Sky. Check their book club calendar for monthly meetings and book selections.

Lego Clubs: a fun STEM resource for all ages

A great resource for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning are the fun block toys, Legos. Not only has the Portland Public Library made them available for youth, but there are teen Lego clubs, (and wait for it…), adult Lego clubs! Yes! Many libraries around Maine have Lego clubs and are building amazing things including community engagement around science.

  • Children (ages 7 to 12): every Tuesday, 3:30 to 5
  • Teen (ages 12 to 19): every Wednesday, 2:30 to 4
  • Adults (ages 18+): second Thursday of each month, 5:30 to 7
  • Riverton all ages / families: every Saturday, 11 to 12:30
  • – See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/highlight/legos-ppl/#sthash.7lyD1hqP.dpufC
  • Children (ages 7 to 12): every Tuesday, 3:30 to 5
  • Teen (ages 12 to 19): every Wednesday, 2:30 to 4
  • Adults (ages 18+): second Thursday of each month, 5:30 to 7
  • Riverton all ages / families: every Saturday, 11 to 12:30
  • – See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/highlight/legos-ppl/#sthash.7lyD1hqP.dpuf

Click here to see dates at times for upcoming Lego Club activities at PPL

Movie Nights: visualizing STEM

York Public Library is helping the public “look” at science through this fun film.
“Inside Out”
Family Film Series

Saturday, December 19, 6:30 p.m.
Disney Pixar presents an inventive animated film that takes you on a journey from the “inside out” to discover the emotional roller coaster inside your head. Grab your pillows and blankets, wear your PJs, and come enjoy the movie along with our complimentary popcorn. Rated PG. 120 minutes.

Science Cafes: interactive STEM with an expert

Science Cafe schedule at PPL
Learn about specific topics from local experts. These aren’t your typical presentations though, there is usually a hands-on part in these interactive two-way discussions.

Building Capacity for Science in Libraries




Click on the link below to see The Forecaster press release (10/27/15) on Portland Public Library and its work with the Maine State Library and Cornerstones of Science.

http://www.theforecaster.net/portland-public-library-hopes-to-boost-science-literacy/

 

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