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Monday, January 28, 2019

Global Family Research Promotes Public Libraries and STEM



several test tubes in a test tube holder, holding various colors of liquid, surrounded by empty beakers
Image from Pixabay
The Global Family Research Group, the group that created the excellent resource Public Libraries:  A Vital Space for Family Engagement, have a new resource:  Public Libraries Engage Families in STEM.  

They talk about the way public libraries are so well positioned to address the opportunity gap that exists, particularly with opportunities to be involved in STEM activities.  They draw special attention to the fact that libraries:

  • Make STEM more equitable for children and families
  • Engage parents and children in STEM learning together (which leads to better outcomes for kids)
  • Connect school and out-of-school learning
  • Create and avenue for youth voice and leadership
They draw special attention to the role that rural libraries play in providing opportunities for kids that are often more plentiful in urban and suburban environments.  They even draw attention to a wonderful Wisconsin library, the Waupaca Public Library, that has a Teach Your Parents to Code program that allows teens to mentor adults in technology skills.  

I recommend downloading the brief.  It has a lot of inspiring ideas and affirmation that the work you are doing already is important and necessary.