Category Archives: Education Opportunities

Programming in Scratch EdX Course


Our Youth Services Specialist Katelyn Patterson recently finished coursework in a 6 week long EdX MOOC on programming using Scratch, the free computer programming code language developed by MIT to teach kids how to code. The course is now archived and available to take at your own pace for free. She highly recommends it if you are interested in using Scratch in robotics or makerspace programming at your library! It has great little projects you could mimic with your patrons and will give a good overall understanding of how the language works. Also, it does a great job of showing how the drag-and-drop coding easily relates to other more complex programming languages which will give children the confidence the stick with coding!

You can register for the course or get more information on the EdX website:

Genealogy Roadshow coming to Houston this Fall

From a press release:


Boston MA, Providence RI, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami FL,

Houston TX, Los Angeles CA and Albuquerque, NM

Josh Taylor, Kenyatta Berry, Mary Tedesco, the PBS Network and the show’s producers invite Local & National Genealogy Associations, Vendors and Genealogist to participate in our Genealogy Roadshow.

The Genealogy Roadshow is looking for Local & National Genealogical Associations, Societies, Genealogy Vendors and Local Genealogist to be part of our show by exhibiting your products and services at our events. Come and get your message out to the public! We are offering a free tables and space along with immeasurable exposure!

The Genealogy Roadshow tapings provides you a unique opportunity to expand your database and increase your clientele. Bring with you any products for sale or display books, software, online services, or promotional information.

Season 3 of PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is underway and will premiere nationally in summer of 2016. GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is part detective story, and part emotional journey. After participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. These answers will be revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to each city.

The dates are as follows:

Boston MA – Faneuil Hall – Saturday October 3rd
Providence, RI – Providence Public Library- Sunday October 4th
Ft. Lauderdale / Miami, FL – Location TBD – Sunday November 1st
Houston, TX – Location TDB – Saturday November 21st
Los Angeles, CA – Location TBD – Saturday December 5th
Albuquerque, NM – Location TBD – Saturday December 12th

Please note a commitment is required for each day from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM. The people staffing the tables may work in shifts. Set up is at 8:00 AM and close at 6:30 PM or until taping is finished. Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

For more information please contact Lisa Hope at or call 323-839-6387.

Houston Puppetry Festival in September




*** Educators and Librarians: Earn 7 Clock Hours! ***

Earn 7 Texas Education Agency Continuing Professional Education Clock Hours

PUPPET WORKSHOPS: Make puppets and learn to use them!

Make Science Puppet Show, Make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Slinky Puppets, Make Five Little Monkeys and the Alligator Puppets, Story Baskets& Boxes & Boards and Make a Mouse Finger Puppet, Top Ten Reasons to Use Puppets in the Classroom, Make City Mouse and Country Mouse Puppets, Hand Puppet Manipulation, Puppets in the Library, Make Five Speckled Frog Puppets on a Log, Make Sock Puppets, Make Overhead Projector Shadow Puppets, Make Cereal Box Puppets, Writing and Literacy Inspired with Shadow Puppets, Grocery Bag Puppets of The Enormous Turnip, Make a Pop-Up Puppet, Make Annansi the Spider Glove Puppet, Puppets in Early Childhood.


PUPPET PARADE: See many types of puppets and ideas!

PUPPET STORE: Buy Puppets and Puppetry Books! (Cash or Checks Only)


Saturday, Sept 19, 2015, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

LOCATION: Cypress Creek Community Center, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX 77379


Includes Lunch and Lots of Fun!

Adults: $65. Youth: $45. Group Rate: Bring 5 staff: get $10 off each!


For Info: call 281-655-5347 or email:

Annual Festival of the Greater Houston Puppetry Guild, Puppeteers of America, Inc.


Annual Houston Puppetry Festival  REGISTRATION FORM
Open to the Public.  Registration includes all activities and lunch.

Adult Name: ___________________________________________________________________
Child Name: __________________________________________________Child Age: ______
Address: ______________________________________________________________________
City : _____________________________________________State: ______ Zip: _____________
Phone: __________________________________ Email: ________________________________

Pre-registration by 9/16/14: Adult $65, Child* $45   Registration at the door: Adult $75, Child* $55
ADULT: $65. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $__________
CHILD: $45 (*4-15 yr.). . . . . . . . . . .$__________ (Paid adult must accompany child under 12)
GUILD MEMBERSHIP: $20 per person. .$__________ (Optional)
I am part of a group of 5 registrants whose names are: ______________________________________________________________________

Subtract $10 from my registration because I came with this group of five festival registrants.

TOTAL ENCLOSED $____________________ Please make check payable to: Greater Houston Puppetry Guild

Mail to the Registrar: Carol Carranza, Puppetry Festival • 12514 Maxim Dr. • Houston, TX 77065
Registrar Phone: 281-890-5210   Registrar Email:

Festival Information: 281-655-5347. Please return this form ASAP and before September 15, 2015.

Best Practices from America’s Best Small Libraries

Best Practices from Best Small Libraries

A free webcast series presented by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Providing exceptional library service on a small library budget and staff size presents special challenges, but also unique opportunities to meet core community needs. In this new webcast series, a combination of live and on-demand presentations funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, winners and runners up from a decade of LJ’s Best Small Libraries in America award, plus other rural and small library voices, will share hands-on, real-world tested expertise.

Moderated by Kristi Chadwick, Small Libraries Advisor to the Massachusetts Library System, registration is now open for the initial presentations.

Registration is open for two sessions currently:

Marketing & Outreach for Small Libraries

LIVE: Tuesday, August 25th @ 3pm EDT / Noon PDT

Marketing and outreach are crucial for libraries of all sizes, but doing so on a small library budget and staff size presents unique challenges. How do you get out to community events when there’s no one else to keep the library going while you’re gone? Learn actionable techniques for how to be your own graphic designer, copywriter, and outreach specialist.


  • Karen Lemke, Public Relations Director/Adult Services Librarian, Pine River Library District, CO
  • Patrick Sweeney, Administrative Librarian, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA & 2015 LJ Mover & Shaker


 Funding & Fundraising for Small Libraries

LIVE: Tuesday, September 1st @ 3pm EDT / Noon PDTFor small and rural libraries looking to not only sustain core services but stretch to respond to new community needs, effective fundraising is fundamental. Learn how to navigate the funding landscape to make the most of grants, work with foundations, and tap other sources as well as the bread and butter of advocacy for taxpayer funding and Friends support.SPEAKERS

  • Mary Beth Stenger, Director, Southern Area Library, Lost Creek, WV
  • Cheryl Clay, Trustee, Pine River Library District, CO



  • Data and Assessment for Small Libraries
  • Library Construction and Renovation for Small Libraries
  • Customer Service for Small Libraries
  • Solo Directorship for Small Libraries
  • Technology for Small Libraries
  • Makerspaces & STEM for Small Libraries
  • Delivering Community Value: How to Make Yourself Indispensable for Small Libraries
  • Professional Development for Small Libraries

School Library Journal SummerTeen 2015



Join SLJ on August 13th at 11am ET for a full day of free online programming tackling important issues impacting your teen collection and programming. You’ll hear directly from authors about their current and forthcoming titles in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience.

Panels will focus on important teen issues and trends, including the transgendered experience, selecting quality nonfiction, and navigating romance genre mashups.

New this year are sessions dedicated entirely to teen services and programming! Learn from innovative librarians about gaming in the library, setting up teen volunteer groups, and launching a “Con” in your library.

Plus, explore our virtual exhibit hall and hear directly from publishers about their newest books you’ll want for your collection this year, and enjoy live chats with featured authors.

SummerTeen is a free, completely virtual conference—no traveling and no cost! It’s a must for teen and young adult services librarians, and educators from public and school library settings, as well as teen advisory groups, book clubs, and anyone who loves YA/teen literature.

Go here for more information and to register for this event!

The Cloud for non-profits and libraries

During the month of October, TechSoup led a Cloud Computing Worldwide campaign. They learned how organizations all over the world are using cloud computing through blog posts, webinars, and tweet chats. You can view everything that was shared on one handy webpage including these topics:

Week One: Introduction to Cloud Computing
Week Two: How Cloud Computing Changes Organizations
Week Three: Security in the Cloud
Week Four: The Future of Cloud Computing