In 2015, Kitsap Regional Library received a three year National Leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Libraries to design and implement a sustainable STEM programming model for public libraries. The project, entitled Make Do Share, collects tools and resources to support staff in planning, facilitating and improving STEM programs for and with youth.
Kitsap Regional Library created a downloadable guide to serve as a primary resource for those interested in STEM programming for and with youth. The Road Map portion of the guide provides an introduction to concepts and activities which support staff learning and planning. The Playbook portion outlines potential program types, provides examples of sample programs, and describes strategies to support successful facilitation.
Call for partnering libraries
As part of their dissemination plan, Kitsap Regional Library has committed to partnering with two small and/or rural public libraries to regularly support the planning and implementation of sustainable STEM programming in those communities.
What to expect as a partnering library
Partner libraries will walk through the Make Do Share resource guide with the support and guidance of Kitsap Regional Library staff during weekly virtual meetings and through scheduled assignments. Content areas include:
- Community Discovery and Engagement
- Outcomes Based Planning and Reflection
- Continuous Learning
- STEM Program Design and Implementation
- Youth Voice
- November 15, 2016 – Partner library applications due
- December 15, 2016 – Partner libraries announced
- March 1, 2017 –Make Do Share partnership commences
Partner meetings will begin in March 2017 and will conclude February 2018. Staff should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week on assignments, discussion, and planning.
Click here, to apply to become a partner.
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