12/13/12 – The New York State Library announces its partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension to provide professional development training for library staff in delivering informal science workshops to children ages 8 to 12 as part of “Summer Reading at New York Libraries.”
This program is part of a three-year federally-funded grant project awarded to Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H to expand the reach of their informal science workshops through public libraries working with children during the summer months. Over the three years of the grant, 4-H curriculum training will be piloted in 6 public library systems.
For 2013, three pilot sites will be selected to receive training in delivering informal science activities that match the “Dig intoReading” slogan. Participants will receive professional development credits, a “Partnering with 4-H Manual,” and resources developed by the Cornell Department of Horticulture and the Paleontological Research Institute. Opportunities to partner with local Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development programs will be highlighted as well.
The 2013 pilot sites will be announced shortly.
Resources are currently available through the “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” website, http://www.summerreadingnys.org/librarians-educators/le-resources/ so that all public libraries in New York State will have the opportunity to “partner with 4-H.” During the time frame of the grant (2013 – 2015) additional resources will be added to the website.
This opportunity is offered through theNew YorkState4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program Work Team, and is funded through a Smith-Lever Grant. The project coordinator is Resource Extension Educator Kelly Ann Radzik.
Kelly Ann Radzik
4-H Youth Development Educator
AgriScience, Animal Science, and Space Science
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties
479 Route 66
Hudson, NY 12534