Free Online Games to Teach Financial Skills to Children:
The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, has released a collection of free online games to teach children basic financial skills related to earning, saving and spending money.
The four interactive games — part of a series called Thinking Money for Kids and available at tm4k.ala.org — are designed for children ages 7 to 11 but are appropriate for other ages as well. They include:
Virtual Field Trips
I need a vacation. I need to go SOMEWHERE. Yes–most of us are at this point.
Melanee Stinnett-Voss a member of Bitmoji Craze for Educators recently shared her virtual field trips in Bitmoji style HERE.
During a recent workshop for educators to improve their virtual program offerings, we went on a field trip to Mount Vernon. Our instructor first gave us a brief overview of how to move around the virtual museum. We were instructed to take a piece of paper and divide it up in four parts and label them Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. See a like document HERE
We were then given time to explore the museum on our own, noting where we found examples of science, technology, engineering and math on our sheet. After the free time, we were brought back as a group and then split up into a team or small group to talk about what we learned and found most interesting. We entered our top finds on a group Google Jamboard. Then we grouped back together for a short recap.
This list was updated on 12/11/20 thanks to website viewers suggestions--thank you Maya, Liam and Andrea!
Tour collections and learn about the history of art and artifacts with these online museum experiences.
See how food grows, is harvested, and gets to your table with these farm tours.
You might not be able to go on your sightseeing vacation at the moment, but these virtual landmark tours are the next best thing.
Zoos and Aquariums
These zoos and aquariums have live cams where kid can check in with the animals.
Even More Fun
From a candy factory to the surface of Mars, these tours take kids to places that aren’t available to them even in normal times.
Ways to reach out and work together:
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Adult Learner Services*
Book & a Bite Summer Food followed with Healthy Activities (Libraries and Summer Food)
Pop-up Summer Library *
Reading on the Road *
Shared Library Card System*
State Book Award Promotion *
Teen Internship @ the Public Library
Digital Librarian's Survival Toolkit & Epic Ebook of Web Tools & Apps--FREE crowdsourced guides.
The Epic Ebook of Web Tools & Apps is a 250+ page FREE guide crowdsourced by 50+ educators. Please use this static link to share the book:https://librarian.rocks/epicebookofwebtoolsandapps
The Digital Librarian's Survival Toolkit is a 200+ page FREE guide crowdsourced by 35+ school librarians. Please use this static link to share the ebook: https://librarian.rocks/digitallibrariansurvivaltoolkit
Both resources are filled with video tutorials, text, screenshots, and links.You can find more free resources on Kristina Uihlein Holzweiss's website: http://www.bunheadwithducttape.com/
Adult Learner Services
At the Weeks Memorial Library in Lancaster, NH they collaborate with North Country Education Services to offer the following free of charge:
*Sessions to build basic reading, writing and math skills
*ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Looking for vetted STEM activities–check out StarNet’s STEM Activity Clearinghouse. There is even a Take & Make category.
Smithsonian Learning Lab is your destination for millions of carefully curated, easily accessible, customizable, and shareable open educational resources.
TinkerLab Free hands-on art and science activities for Pre-K & up.
STEM Gems are short discovery-based experiences from the National Afterschool Association. You need to be a member but membership is free.
Videos on Supporting Physical and Outdoor Play Eastern Connecticut State University
Reading on the Road - Books on School Buses
Reading on the Road is a student run program at Keene High School. Their mission is to collect children’s books and then distribute them onto elementary school buses in the SAU 29 school district. They currently have over 550 books circulating on buses that serve elementary schools in the Keene School District. This encompasses Symonds School, Fuller School, Wheelock School, and Franklin School. Each box is full of books for ages 4-12 and kids may browse the books while they ride the bus or take them home to keep. Reading on the Road encourages healthy reading habits, decreases disruptive behavior and provides easy access to books for children who may not have this otherwise.
Shedd-Porter Memorial Library in Alstead helps to supply the boxes with donations and children’s library discards. The program has received such positive feedback that collection boxes in local churches, bookstores and neighboring libraries donations are helping to fill the boxes and expand the program to a neighboring school district. CLiF (Children’s Literacy Foundation) recently sent a box and is featuring the Reading on the Road program on CLiF’s blog.
You can follow the project on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Readingontheroad.khs/ To contact Reading on the Road email Amelia Opsahl at email@example.com.
Shedd Porter Library
Cole Middle School, East Greenwich RI - Girl Scout Troop 855
Girl Scouts Catherine Anderson and Eliana Goldwasser have installed a new Little Free Library at 2880 South County Road in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Both girls are members of Girl Scout Troop 855 in East Greenwich.A Little Free Library is a free book exchange for the local community. Everyone is welcome to take something they want to read, and to donate reading materials they are ready to share.
“We chose this project because we care about child literacy. We want the kids in this neighborhood to have access to books right where they live,” said Eliana Goldwasser. The two Girl Scouts plan to stock the library with lots of childrens’ books and supplies, as well as some adult books.
Catherine and Eliana are working on their Girl Scout Silver Award. For this award, the highest a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, the girls wanted to do something that would have a long term impact on their community. Reading is something that both girls are passionate about, and the Little Free Library is a great way to share books with local residents.
“It took us a lot longer than we thought it would. We had to learn how to use power tools and we were both nervous about that! The design is based on a Little Free Library plan. We wanted the library to look like a schoolhouse,” said Catherine Anderson
The girls asked Shelley Avarista, the Cole Middle School Librarian, to be their Project Advisor. Ms. Avarista advised the girls on which books to place in the Lending Library as well as helped to provide some books that will no longer be in circulation.
“We’re really proud of the Library. It was a lot of hard work.” said Catherine Anderson
Library Media Specialist
Cole Middle School
East Greenwich, RI
Abbott Library, Sunapee NH - Sunapee Middle and High School
In Sunapee all middle and high school students are required to take Reading Counts tests over the summer. Teachers publicize a reading list, students read and then take a test that is hosted by Scholastic.com. Previously students had to go to the school to take these tests and the school was only open during the summer Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 1. A few years ago, we offered to proctor these tests for the students. The school agreed. We then pulled all of the books on the middle and high school reading lists that Abbott Library owns and put them on display. It's one of those great instances when the school, patrons and the library all benefit!
Mindy Atwood, Director
Hartford Public Library, Hartford CT - Hartford Public Schools
In 2013, the Hartford Public Library and the Hartford Public Schools came together to develop a shared
vision and charge to cooperatively provide effective school and public library services. In this process, a
multiyear plan was developed to articulate a focused partnership on “providing an equitable, accessible,
and coherent system of relevant resources, programming, and services for Hartford students and
families that supports their current and lifelong learning.”
Four categories for collaboration were developed after a review of the services and programs that were
being delivered by both the Hartford Public Schools and the Hartford Public Library to identify
redundancies, gaps and possible overlap. The categories are as follows: school readiness, library services
and access, programming for students and families and programs and wrap around services for the
Through Boundless, both institutions have been working closely to achieve the following outcomes for
Hartford students: Increase reading levels, reduce learning loss, support meeting academic benchmarks,
and increase student and family awareness and perception of the school and branch libraries as
welcoming places and valuable resources through three strategies:
• A block collaboration strategy
• A partnership communication strategy
• A technology, resource and access strategy
The Boundless card was piloted at 12 schools during the school year 2018-2019. The card:
INCREASES access students and families have to high quality public and school library services and
materials for children Pre-K to 12.
• PROVIDES access for students enrolled in Hartford Public Schools to resources and materials at
both Hartford Public Schools’ school libraries and the Hartford Public Library.
• COMBINES student’s library activity from both institutions in one account.
• ACCESS to print and digital materials that require a library card number.
• USE this Boundless card in all Hartford Public Library locations or at your school library.
A physical card was issued using each student’s ID number. After the pilot year, we realized the
expensive of keeping up with the printing of new and replacement cards was too expensive. We are
going to launch virtual accounts for all HPS students this coming school year. All students can log into
and check out materials with just their student ID number, no card needed.
Since 2013, a menu of programs has evolved that allow for flexibility in developing an action plan for the
block that caters to the individual school’s needs. Outside of story times, tours and activities, Hartford
Public Library Youth Service Librarians provide the schools in their block options for programs and
services that include teacher professional development, materials that support lesson plans and
professional development for both School Media Specialists and Youth Service Librarians.
The vision for this partnership is to formalize a strong school and library partnership that promotes
increased student academic achievement. Through Boundless, we are working towards:
Combining school and public libraries that provide library services from a single facility with HPL
providing and managing the infrastructure to support School Media Specialists and support staff in
addition to expanding the base of users through technology, programmatic and electronic access and
HPS providing the infrastructure to support and manage operational needs.
In the fall of 2018 we launched the Boundless Library@ Rawson. The library at Rawson School had not
had a library media specialist in over a decade. It was sitting unused. We retrofitted the space for school
and for public use, updated a collection that was over 20 years old, staffed the location with an HPL
Library Media Specialist that works closely with teachers, school administration, and HPL Youth Services
staff to continue to support the learning needs of the students, families and the community at large,
updated technology and most importantly use of a space and materials that are now circulating. We are
now seeking funding to keep the location open for at least three more years.
Since 2017, we have expanded zones (every school is paired with one of our locations) , executed a 5
year MOU with the Hartford Public Schools, developed the communication plan with intentional focus
on families and students, completed the branding process and collaboratively developed the Boundless
Director of Public Services
Hartford Public Library