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Happy New Year everyone! Let’s hope it’s a good one :) To kick off the new year, we have added a great selection of new titles to the District’s Professional Collection. Many were provided through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (thank you!). As always, you can place holds on these through the Lackawanna County Library System’s Online Catalog or send me an email. For more information on each title, simply click on the cover picture!
The District has some really interesting and valuable traveling kits that are available to all district libraries! Recently, we were given STEM education kits from Commonwealth Libraries. Kits can be checked out for 3 week periods. Simply contact the District Consultant to reserve your kit today!
STEM Science Lab – Sink or Float
Develops skills in exploring buoyancy, using scientific inquiry skills, and using tools for observation and investigation.
STEM Science Lab – Magnets
Develops skills in exploring magnets, using scientific inquiry skills, and using tools for observation and investigation.
STEM Science Station – Motion
Develops skills in exploring motion, using scientific inquiry skills, and using tools for observation and investigation.
STEM Science Lab – Alarm Your Pencil Box Lab
Students really become part of the scientific process—as they build electrical circuits and research how alarm systems work…then design and build their own pencil box alarms!
STEM Science Lab – Don’t Loose Your Marbles Lab
Students really become part of the scientific process—as they explore potential & kinetic energy, how angles affect motion, and more…then design, build & evaluate their own roller coasters!
STEM Science Lab – Space Lander Activity Lab
Students really become part of the scientific process—as they learn all about Newton’s laws of motion and explore how parachutes work…then create their very own space landers!
Microsoft Virtual Academy offers hundreds of free courses for anyone interested in improving their computer or IT skills!
Anyone is eligible for the courses, which you can pause and resume at any time, and once you sign in with your Microsoft Live ID, the site will keep track of your courses for you. Sessions include videos, PowerPoint presentations, and a short quiz at the end.
This is a great learning opportunity for all library staff, whether in an IT related job or not!
Learn more at http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/