In case you don't already subscribe to the Collaborative Summer Library Program newsletter, we wanted to make sure you saw their most recent resources section emailed for librarians around the country to use:
The Space Science Institute (SSI) is home to the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) and its NASA@ My Library program. The STAR Net team in partnership with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) are working together to share science- and technology-related activities and resources to libraries across the nation as part of next years’ summer learning program – Universe of Stories. NASA@ My Library will be sharing many more resources in the months ahead. Stay tuned!
STAR Net focuses on helping library professionals facilitate STEM learning for their patrons by providing “science-technology activities and resources” (STAR) and training to use those resources. Whether you are new to STEM or are building on past experiences, STAR Net offers resources and collaborations to take lifelong STEM learning to new levels in your library:
1. The STEM Activity Clearinghouse’s “Universe of Stories” Collection features over 80 STEM activities that are perfect for the library setting.
2. Resource Overview for “A Universe of Stories”
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT), 3:00 p.m. (CDT), 2:00 p.m. (MDT), 1:00 p.m. (PDT)
Looking for activities, websites, how-to videos, training, and more for the 2019 Summer Learning Theme? Join the STAR Library Network for an overview of vetted, free resources available through NASA, the STAR Library Network, and the STEM Activity Clearinghouse. Presenters will walk you through how to find, access, and sort through – remember, availability doesn’t always equal accessibility! – these resources and offer guidance on how your library can best utilize them! Register Here
3. Bringing a Universe of Stories to Your Library (archived webinar)
Join the STAR Net team and Luke Kralik, Organizational Coordinator for CSLP, to learn more about the 2019 summer reading theme and ways that you can bring it to life in YOUR library. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to celebrate this out-of-this-world theme! http://www.starnetlibraries.org/resources/webinars/
4. Out-of-this-World Engineering (archived webinar)
Join STAR Net as we take a look at some of the newest activities on the STEM Activity Clearinghouse that feature engineering design challenges with a space science theme. As we create rockets and rovers, we’ll be following the engineering design process: think, build, test, and do it again. Come and learn how you can make your 2018 and 2019 STEM programs blast off!
The Adventures of Violet and Dash:
Book 1, Friend or Foe?
This is a cute chapter book based on the movie The Incredibles 2. Violet and Dash may be part of the Incredibles and super heroes but they also have chores, homework and school, just like any other kid.
Violet wishes her life could be NORMAL, but Dash wants life to be SUPER all the time. When some mysterious events happen at school, the siblings begin to wonder - are there other Super kids out there? And are these kids heroes or villains?
The story is told in diary format with Violet and Dash alternating chapters in the same diary (since Dash kept reading Violets diary, she told him he could write in it as well). There are two books in the series so far and it is a great set for reluctant readers, as the diary format makes for a quick and easy read and the story moves along quickly alternating between the two narrators. It tells a story of how if you work together you can accomplish SUPER results! Kids will love the fact that it looks handwritten and has illustrations mixed in just like a normal diary would and of course who can resist a Super Hero story?
By Cindy Feltes, Penworthy Sales Representative
Happy Thanksgiving from Penworthy!
We hope you have a wonderful Holiday spent with the ones you love most 🧡
Penworthy works hard to bring you the relevant titles that kids want to read now! We often have popular new movie titles before the movie has even released in theaters. With all of our titles in stock, and shipping within days, you can rest assured knowing the titles will be on your shelves when they're hot!
The Grinch pulled in about $66 million opening weekend after it's November 9th release and received mixed reviews. Some critics loved the colorful retelling of the Dr. Seuss holiday classic, others prefer the original. Overall, there is no dispute that it's a wonderful family movie that the children are excited about and will be begging to see again and again. Step into Reading's level 2 reader brings the characters the children know and love from the new movie, to a fun tale about Who-Ville.
Wreck it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet releases this Wednesday, November 21st. This movie is the sequel to the 2012 smash hit with the same beloved characters Ralph and Vanellope. Critics are already raving and excited about seeing some classic Disney Princess favorites. With the movie releasing near the Thanksgiving holiday, it's going to be a huge hit and the kids will come back asking for titles with Ralph in them. Penworthy released three new Ralph Breaks the Internet titles November 1st, check them out here!
Mary Poppins Returns releases December 19th and it's one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year! Releasing as a sequel to the 54-year-old Disney classic, this one is sure to be a movie that adults and children alike will be rushing to the theaters to see. Make sure to check back on penworthy.com December 1st for new titles based on the Mary Poppins Returns live action movie!
Mistakes can end up being fun! Frog has big plans for an exciting Christmas vacation this year. According to his brochure, the "Christmas Extravaganza Hotel" has supersonic sleigh ride, a big singing tree, tons of bright lights and also a North Pole breakfast bar each morning! Unfortunately a map-reading error brings him to the home of a bear who's all set for a quiet, simple Christmas of his own. Frog is crushed but bear offers him a place to stay, and soon realizes he's has to think of alternatives to all the activities in Frog's brochure.
Bear and Frog end up having a blast enjoying each other's company as they bake cookies, have snowball fights, ride sleighs and gaze at the Northern Lights! Frog loves Bear's Christmas Hotel and forgets all about his fancy resort in the brochure. Children will absolutely love this story about two unlikely friends who through chance, explore the true meaning of Christmas together. The book's large beautiful pictures and cheery expressions make this a wonderful choice for story time this holiday season!
By Justin Barkhurst, Penworthy Sales Representative
Picture Books are so important, for many different reasons. They engage emergent readers, bring families and communities together for story hours, and aid struggling readers with vibrant illustrations. Picture books have the ability to open the imagination, and explore places we may have never been. It is important that we continue to put excellent picture books in the hands of children and instill in them the importance of reading at a young age. At Penworthy our mission is to help you inspire a lifelong love of reading in kids, and that starts with Picture Books. November is picture book month so gathered interesting articles about Picture Books for your enjoyment:
This book is part of a books series about two friends, Desmond and Andres. Surf's Up, Creepy stuff gives a story of Desmond and Andres who go to the beach and they have to battle beach bullies, who also happen to be creepy monsters! Even though they battle monsters and ghosts in all of the books, the two friends are complete opposites when it comes to dealing with spooky or scary stuff. Desmond is a Ghost Patrol and isn't scared of anything and Andres is afraid of everything. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page it is perfect for any readers.
By Nate Kovatch, Penworthy Senior Sales Representative
New to the Penworthy Story-time Collection in October is the fantastic small press title, The Only Way is Badger by Stella Jones. Badger is the main character who is extremely relatable to even the smallest child. He is stubborn, rude, obstinate, loud, demanding, bullying and exclusionary. Badger feels the only right ways of living and being are to be more badger, to look like, live like, act like and be like a badger. One by one, he excludes every other animal from the forest by bullying them and then casting them aside for their own uniqueness. In the end of the story, Badger realizes he is all alone, and finally sees all the other animals had value too and having friends is more important than holding on to his bullying and exclusion.
This Penworthy Pick is perfect for story time. Badgers demanding ways are great for read aloud exaggerations and make for a very fun and animated story time circle. This book is excellent for teaching behavior, character building skills, friendship and tolerance of others for Pre-K and up.
By Kris Cunningham, Penworthy Senior Sales Representative
Fall in love with reading, programming and creative displays this month! If you are interested in bringing the fall season to your library, this is your one stop for all those great resources. We have compiled some of our favorite favorite library displays for fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. There are also creative crafts and activities perfect for all ages.
Looking for some great fiction to add to your STEAM collection? I invite you to take the time to get to know Ada Lace, Nina, and their friends as they use math, science and technology to solve mysteries. I love the Ada Lace Chapter Books series because it reminds me of myself as a little girl. However, I didn’t have any characters, books or visible role models such as this for me to follow growing up. This series is a great way to show your little readers that science is for everyone, and can be used in everything we do!
Written by a NASA engineer Emily Calandrelli, we get to know Ada and her best friend Nina as they solve mysteries using different approaches- Ada uses science and technology, while Nina is more about the right-brained way of solving problems. Even though they are opposites, they work well together. I love this dynamic because it lends humor and depth to the characters, and a realistic portrayal of 3rd grade friendships. The series also addresses topics such as disagreements between friends, tension with parents, jealousy, and being overly- competitive. This series can really add depth to your STEAM collection by appealing to the fast growing group of girls that love science and can’t get enough!
By Laura Paff, Penworthy Sales Representative
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