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Rev Up the Fun Activity Highlight: Leaf Rubbings

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Helping families with science activities at home is at the heart of Rev Up the Fun. The newest activity on the website helps people learn about leaves by creating a beautiful leaf picture also known as a rubbing. Many people have great memories of doing “rubbings” of different things when they were young. Exciting and memorable activities help us learn and we think you and your family will love this easy and engaging activity that includes art and science.

Make a rubbing (picture) of leaf by placing a blank piece of paper over the leaf, hold the paper in place with one hand, hold the flat side of a crayon with the other hand, and rub the crayon over the sheet to see the details of the leaf come through as a drawing of the leaf. Find the activity here https://revupthefun.org/all-activities/#health and watch the companion video too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEPyJVcbvdg.

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Building Equitable Library Services that Empower Public Access and Community Resilience

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Cornerstones of Science was recently awarded a competitive two-year federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) totaling close to $250,000. The funds will assist state and public libraries to develop equitable library services to empower new users of the library to have access to relevant science-based community information they can use to take action that improves the quality of their lives.

Chris Goodwin, President of Cornerstones said, “This award of competitive funding really demonstrates the importance of Cornerstones’ role in bringing science experiences to people that spark curiosity and foster a deeper connection to the world around us. Over the next two years, we will work in partnership with science providers, academia, and libraries (both public and state library agencies) throughout the country. We will build on our 21-year history that began in the Brunswick Public Library and was supported by our founder Lee Grodzins. Nearly 130 grant proposals were submitted and ours was one of the 39 that was funded. Representative Chellie Pingree even called and congratulated us on this award.”

“There is strong evidence that the issues our communities must address, such as public health, safe drinking water, food insecurity, and our changing climates really affect our most vulnerable, disadvantaged populations,” said Cynthia Randall, Executive Director of Cornerstones. For this project, Cornerstones is collaborating with state and public libraries of Maryland, Idaho and Connecticut, the University of Missouri’s School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, the Institute for Learning Innovation, the National League of Cities, and OCLC/WebJunction, as well as a diverse panel of experts in equity and social justice, informal science learning, and library professions.

Gail Hurley of the Connecticut State Library believes that, “to accomplish significant long-term change within a library, its leaders must be involved. These leaders shape public library priorities. They provide equitable library services and broaden access to critical science-based community resources. Further, they work in partnership with their local governments and community leaders.”

About the funding agency

This grant is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS Grant #RE-250085-OLS-21). Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.

The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

YouTube Page Provides How-To Videos and Science Activities

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Many of us are watching and using short videos for both entertainment and education. This trend has been prominent for a while now and will continue. Over the years, Cornerstones has produced some short videos to help library staff and other community organizations with learning to use science tools, do science activities, and to learn about the STEM experiences (STEM Stories) of public library staff. We have also archived our webinars so these hour-long resource rich videos can be watched anytime.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr63YWBcF747V20L2rMYFOA

Screenshot of Leaf Rubbings activity

Rev Up the Fun Activity Highlight: Leaf Rubbings

By | Latest News | No Comments

Helping families with science activities at home is at the heart of Rev Up the Fun. The newest activity on the website helps people learn about leaves by creating a beautiful leaf picture also known as a rubbing. Many people have great memories of doing “rubbings” of different things when they were young. Exciting and memorable activities help us learn and we think you and your family will love this easy and engaging activity that includes art and science.

Make a rubbing (picture) of leaf by placing a blank piece of paper over the leaf, hold the paper in place with one hand, hold the flat side of a crayon with the other hand, and rub the crayon over the sheet to see the details of the leaf come through as a drawing of the leaf. Find the activity here https://revupthefun.org/all-activities/#health and watch the companion video too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEPyJVcbvdg.

Institute of Museum and Library Services logo

Building Equitable Library Services that Empower Public Access and Community Resilience

By | Latest News | No Comments

Cornerstones of Science was recently awarded a competitive two-year federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) totaling close to $250,000. The funds will assist state and public libraries to develop equitable library services to empower new users of the library to have access to relevant science-based community information they can use to take action that improves the quality of their lives.

Chris Goodwin, President of Cornerstones said, “This award of competitive funding really demonstrates the importance of Cornerstones’ role in bringing science experiences to people that spark curiosity and foster a deeper connection to the world around us. Over the next two years, we will work in partnership with science providers, academia, and libraries (both public and state library agencies) throughout the country. We will build on our 21-year history that began in the Brunswick Public Library and was supported by our founder Lee Grodzins. Nearly 130 grant proposals were submitted and ours was one of the 39 that was funded. Representative Chellie Pingree even called and congratulated us on this award.”

“There is strong evidence that the issues our communities must address, such as public health, safe drinking water, food insecurity, and our changing climates really affect our most vulnerable, disadvantaged populations,” said Cynthia Randall, Executive Director of Cornerstones. For this project, Cornerstones is collaborating with state and public libraries of Maryland, Idaho and Connecticut, the University of Missouri’s School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, the Institute for Learning Innovation, the National League of Cities, and OCLC/WebJunction, as well as a diverse panel of experts in equity and social justice, informal science learning, and library professions.

Gail Hurley of the Connecticut State Library believes that, “to accomplish significant long-term change within a library, its leaders must be involved. These leaders shape public library priorities. They provide equitable library services and broaden access to critical science-based community resources. Further, they work in partnership with their local governments and community leaders.”

About the funding agency

This grant is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS Grant #RE-250085-OLS-21). Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.

The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

YouTube Page Provides How-To Videos and Science Activities

By | Latest News | No Comments

Many of us are watching and using short videos for both entertainment and education. This trend has been prominent for a while now and will continue. Over the years, Cornerstones has produced some short videos to help library staff and other community organizations with learning to use science tools, do science activities, and to learn about the STEM experiences (STEM Stories) of public library staff. We have also archived our webinars so these hour-long resource rich videos can be watched anytime.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr63YWBcF747V20L2rMYFOA

 

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