For all ages on Wednesday, July 24 at 2 p.m. Pre-registration with the library is required and there is a $5 materials cost. Bring your own special additions -- toy figures, rocks, beads, marbles, etc.
What do libraries have in common with the arts community? Both provide lifelong opportunities to expand critical, cultural and intellectual skills.
A shout out to the "Library as Incubator Project" initiated by three recent graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies. Its mission is to promote and facilitate creative collaboration between libraries and artists of all types, and to advocate for librairies as incubators of the arts.
Do you know what a Makerspace is? A makerspace is just as it sounds -- a space where someone creates or makes something. And it can be done with others which allows for collaboration, synergy, and innovation. Libraries are part of the Makerspace movement. ABL has offered programming in knitting, cooking, Teen DIY, etc. -- all Makerspace acivities. Libraries used to speak about letting kids create animation, movies, and music but Makerspaces are for all ages. I expect more Makerspace programming will be offered in libraries in the future as people want to learn skills, do things, and be creative and collaborative.
I have only heard of STEM -- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math -- until I heard Temple Grandin speak at the American Library Association conference in Chicago. She is an advocate for STEAM -- the A stands for arts. The goal of STEAM is to foster the true innovation that comes with combining the mind of a scientist or technologist with that of an artist or designer.
The Alice Baker Library is one of two libraries in Wisconsin and one of 75 rural libraries in the United States to receive a CALIFA "Pushing the Limits" grant of $2,500 to be used in 2013-2014 for adult programming in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Probably will include arts as well. This program "extends the building blocks of science literacy to two new audiences: rural librarians and adults in the communities they serve." The East Troy Lions Public Library also received a grant. Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.