Today is National STEM/STEAM Day, highlighting science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics and encouraging young people to explore these fields.
It’s easy to “STEAM it UP” with GoWYLD.net resources, as the Wyoming State Library’s Chris Van Burgh and Paige Bredenkamp explore in this video from our training archives:
This tour of databases includes:
SIRS Discoverer – An award-winning general reference resource for beginning learners and researchers in grades 1-9. Includes several hundred nonfiction reference books.
BookFlix – A literacy resource for grades PreK-3 that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related eBooks.
Zinio Digital Magazines (now RB Digital) – more than 100 full content magazines. Please note: the Ask magazine featured in the video is no longer available, but you may wish to explore National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids, or the numerous magazines for adults focused on science.
Science in Context (Gale) – An engaging online experience for those seeking information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. Science in Context merges Gale’s authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, and more. Supports high school curricula and university coursework.
Britannica Library – Find information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and websites. Content includes learning materials, a dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, and other features. Britannica School offers content targeted towards varying grade levels.
This month let’s honor the first Americans and observe Native American Heritage Month. Gale makes it easy by supplying a number of ready-made, free, downloadable resources. Along with their informative database collections, these items will help you to celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
For October’s featured GoWYLD.net database resource, let’s have some fun learning a new language. Brought to you in partnership with The University of Wyoming, the WSL is pleased to showcase Pronunciator, where you can learn any language, in virtually any other language! Best of all, this amazing resource is developed and managed by a Wyoming company! That’s cool, right?
The end of summer is nigh, which means cooler weather and football are back, it’s hurricane season on the east coast of the United States, and it’s time for us to begin preparing for another Wyoming winter.
For September, we’re spotlighting ProQuest Arts Databases, available at GoWYLD.net, Wyoming’s source for premium online library resources. If you’ve never checked out this vast collection of informative material aimed at art students, historians, and creative types, you’re missing out. Search 21 databases for information about art, architecture, music, fashion design, cinema studies, philosophy, and other disciplines within the humanities.
Bookflix is a literacy resource for grades PreK-3 that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related ebooks. Animation, audio, and interactive games are designed to reinforce core reading skills. Join Chris Van Burgh for a look at this terrific resource for public libraries, school, and home.
The free webinar will take place this Thursday, September 20, at 11:15 a.m. MDT.
This month we’re focused on the end-of-summer ritual that is “Back to School.” Students are returning to class this month, and to help kids in your community get back in the swing of things, we’re spotlighting the informative GoWYLD.net database resource, Britannica School. Students of all ages can explore articles about famous people & places, get homework help in various subjects, discover maps, photos, & illustrations for school assignments, and complete research projects by accessing multiple resources in a single place.
Check out the most recent language learning addition to GoWYLD.net: Pronunciator. Courses are available for 87 languages, with an average of 9,600 instructional phrases in each course. Pronunciator also has ESL support for speakers of 51 non-English languages. In addition to self-guided learning, the service features live online conversation classes led by teachers and support for K-12 teachers and university professors who teach languages.
Pronunciator is from a Wyoming-based company, and statewide access is funded through the University of Wyoming. It replaces Mango Languages, which is no longer provided.
Along with Pronunciator comes Procitizen to help you prepare for the Civics, Reading, and Writing portions of the Naturalization Test. Through a series of 100 informative videos, plus practice exercises and quizzes, you will learn everything you need to know to successfully pass the test. Also available en Español
This month the WSL is using June to promote the Job & Career Accelerator from Learning Express, a powerful online resource available to Wyoming job seekers and state employees. Whether you’re looking to advance in your present position, pursuing a new career, or just starting out, you’ll find tools to jump start the process.
Visit Job & Career Accelerator and take advantage of career articles, skills assessment tools, resume and letter builders, sample resumes, and more. Best of all, this resource is free and available from your desktop computer, tablet, or smart phone.
Check out the Job & Career Assistance information page for more. Scroll down for items intended to help Wyoming librarians promote this great resource as you reach out to patrons. We hope you find them useful. Feel free to download and distribute according to your needs.
Libraries should have received their mini-marketing kit by email to promote this resource to patrons. You can also find the kit on our web page under Information for Librarians.
If you would like to be either added to or removed from our monthly email list for the mini-marketing kits, contact Susan Mark at email@example.com or (307) 777-5915.
Tell us about a Mango Languages class you or a patron took, and we’ll send you a water bottle.
Does your summer include some foreign travel? Is there a language you have been meaning to brush up on? Now is the time before Mango Languages goes away on June 30.
Check out these short courses/specialty courses:
Spanish for Librarians
Wine and Cheese (French)
Text Talk (Spanish)
Feng Shui (Mandarin Chinese)
Of course, you still have 72 languages to choose from. There are some really cool ones, including Cherokee, Biblical Hebrew, and Shakespearean English.
Let us know what you or a patron studied and we will send you your very own Mango water bottle. Either respond in the comments or send Chris Van Burgh an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hurry! Our supplies are limited!
Starting July 1 you will have access to Pronunciator, the language learning resource purchased by the University of Wyoming for statewide use. Find it on our GoWYLD Language Learning page where Mango is located now.