Seeking Children's Librarians to Train in STEAM Activities

From: "Sharon Rawlins [NJYAC]">
Subject: Seeking Children's Librarians to Train in STEAM Activities
Date: May 14th 2018

Hello, Children’s Librarians and Library Staff Who Work with Children,


The New Jersey State Library, NJ Makers Day, and the Newark Museum are collaboratively hosting educator (i.e. librarians, afterschool organizations) trainings on Leap into Science Workshops focusing on the concept of balance, for informal educators from around the state. Sign up if interested in the training.


Leap into Science is a nationwide program developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. Activities can easily supplement S.T.E.A.M. programs and fit your individual organizations goals. The program empowers educators to offer workshops in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage under-served audiences in accessible and familiar settings.


Libraries/Organizations participating in Leap into Science will:

•             Send a group of two or more educators (whenever possible) to a 4-hour of training on the high-quality science and literacy curriculum

•             Receive ongoing support and become a part of a Leap into Science National Network

•             Have access to the national Leap into Science leadership team and online resources

•             Participate in ongoing evaluation activities (i.e. surveys, interviews, site visits)

•             Receive one set of curriculum and materials kit per organization (valued at $300)


Leap into Science is funded by National Science Foundation, and led by The Franklin Institute and The National Girls Collaborative Project.


Visit the Leap into Science website for more information about this program. For a video example of a Leap into Science activity visit


Complete our survey by May 25th to get involved. Feel free to share with any colleagues you think may be interested.


Contact us at"> with any questions.


Thank you,

New Jersey State Leadership Team
Doug Baldwin; President, New Jersey Makers Day
Sharon Rawlins; Youth Services Specialist for Lifelong Learning, NJ State Library
Ryan Reedell; MakerSPACE Manager, Newark Museum





Best regards,


Sharon Rawlins, MLS

Youth Services Specialist for Lifelong Learning

NJ State Library

185 West State St.

P.O. Box 520

Trenton, NJ 08625-0520">

609-278-2640 ext. 116

609-278-2650 – fax

CSLP 2017-2018 Past President


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