Upcoming Webinars, Colorado Gives Day
Upcoming Webinars, Colorado Gives Day
December 5, 2016
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Dream Big to Build a Better World
Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm MST
Engineers use their skills to solve problems and make the world a better place. Join Jeannine Finton from the American Society of Civil Engineers as she shares a variety of hands-on engineering resources, activities, presentation tips and techniques designed to make engineering fun for all ages. Find out how to connect with local engineers who may be able to assist with a program.
To register, please click here. Password is “star”.

Playful Building Hands-on Activities
Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm MST
Join us for a FREE online training in conducting a selection of hands-on engineering activities. The STAR_Net project’s Playful Building activities are designed to engage children, tweens, and families in hands-on engineering fun at the library, and they rely on inexpensive materials! Play along with us – have the following materials on hand to try the activities yourself.
To register, please click here. Password is “star”.

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Colorado Gives Day
For the seventh year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank will present Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. This annual statewide movement celebrates and increases philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. The $1 Million Incentive Fund is one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country.
When: 24 hours starting at 12 a.m. (i.e., 00:00 MST) on Tuesday, December 6, 2016
How: Donate online to the Space Science Institute, right at ColoradoGives.org on December 6, 2016. Or schedule your donation in advance starting November 1!
Why: To strengthen Colorado's nonprofits via online giving.
Webinar Opportunity: A New Approach to Building Family Engagement Pathways
On December 6, 2016, from 1-2pm EST, Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association will host a webinar to explore five important processes that build successful family engagement pathways: reach out, raise up, reinforce, relate, and re-imagine.
Guest speakers Michelle Jeske, City Librarian, Denver Public Library, and Lesley Graham, Associate Director, Health and Family Engagement, Save the Children, will discuss how they use these engagement processes in their learning settings.
Click here to register for the free event!
Build-and-Play Programs
Hands-on STEM: Shake Up Your Build-and-Play Programs!
A cardboard shoebox, marbles, and rubber bands can be transformed into an earthquake simulator with the Dream Big how-to guide, Build an Earthquake-Resistant Structure. Children and tweens can build structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows, and use the earthquake simulator to test the structures.
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The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and other funders. STAR stands for Science­Technology Activities and Resources. This groundbreaking program includes a traveling STEM exhibition program, the development of STEM activities for public libraries, a comprehensive training program that includes in­person workshops and webinars, the development of the STAR_Net Online Community, and a research and evaluation program. STAR_Net is led by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning. Partners include the American Library Association, Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance along with many other organizations.
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My first attempt at a long running kids’ club was met with incredible enthusiasm, by kids and parents alike.  After years of watching kids come into the library asking for origami books, and walking out empty-handed, unable to find exactly what they wanted, or unable to decipher the instructions in the books, I decided to try having an origami club.

A Twist on Traditional Book Clubs Using Skype

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Grant Opportunity
National Endowment for
the Arts Big Read

The Big Read  promotes reading communities. Eligible organizations, i.e., governments, libraries, school districts, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations, apply for an
estimated 75 grants ranging in size from $5,000 to $20,000 for activities conducted sometime between September 2017 - June 2018. The application deadline is January 26, 2017.
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