Meredith Farkas writes: “Summer has ended, and the new school year is under way. Still, experts suggest that libraries start planning for summer reading in September, so now is the perfect time to explore other models. A growing number of libraries offer STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programming for young learners. Integrating STEAM learning gets students observing, writing, experimenting, and creating as well as reading, leading to greater gains across many academic areas.”
American Libraries column, Sept./Oct.