Our children are lagging behind in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Schools have begun to concentrate on providing better education in these areas and now libraries are being asked to provide the same. Learn how to provide educational programs using STEM without going to school to become a scientist. Children's librarians and associations will learn to present and adapt programs for multiple ages.

From “Ask Mister Bear” to Elephant and Piggie, telling stories with puppets can bring new levels of creativity and excitement to storytimes and school presentations. And it's not as hard as you think. This 4-week online course will give participants practical strategies for bringing stories to life with puppets; techniques for using puppets with various ages, from toddlers to early elementary students; tips for adapting folktales and picture books into puppet presentations; strategies for rehearsal, planning, and development of puppet stories; and background about how puppet tales develop narrative skills and reading motivation from the audience.

This will be a highly reflective class designed to help you find ways to demonstrate your competence in the youth services field to your administrators and/or possible employers throughout your job search.

We will also formulate solid goals and a plan to go with them to learn about and practice some of the competencies you are less familiar with or have not had a chance to demonstrate. We will work on several things each week: (1) submitting a portfolio artifact, (2) formulating a SMART goal, and (3) answering mock interview questions. We will focus on one or two competency sections each week.

We will not be able to cover everything during the scope of this class, but this should get you in the habit of identifying your strengths and showcasing them, and identifying your professional needs and figuring out how to meet them. Hopefully, you will continue this new habit to demonstrate all competencies and develop an outstanding portfolio. No one will be an expert on everything, but there are always ways to improve your professional skills.

This course introduces interactive fiction (IF) while showing how to create narrative text-based games for a variety of audiences and platforms. IF is a powerful tool to engage both readers and writers while teaching basic programming skills.

Our children are lagging behind in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Schools have begun to concentrate on providing better education in these areas and now libraries are being asked to provide the same. Learn how to provide educational programs using STEM without going to school to become a scientist. Children's librarians and associations will learn to present and adapt programs for multiple ages.