For the purpose of this journal, I explored the VOYA magazine website (http://voyamagazine.com). This resource is an incredible asset to any school—or public—librarian, as it includes author interviews, columns regarding current trends and topics in life and literature, as well as numerous lists of books that feature a wide variety of ages, genders, religions, and races.
While exploring the VOYA magazine website, I happened upon a submission penned by Kelly Czarnecki about robotics and programming, the hottest of the hot in STEAM skills being supported by school libraries across the nation (http://voyamagazine.com/2016/09/22/tag-team-tech-october-2016/). This article reviewed several robotic and programming kits with a reasonable price point that served a variety of age groups and their purpose in supporting STEAM skills in school curriculum. This reading serves to support librarians seeking to find ways to support programming and robotics but lack the knowledge in these areas. It encourages librarians to not get lost in understanding these concepts before allowing these amazing resources to debut in their libraries.
It is articles like Czarnecki’s that motivate librarians to have courage in implementing new programs and purchasing new resources that help their students and work toward making the library a hub for the school. The VOYA magazine website is a great resource for librarians who are working to ensure that the materials found in their buildings serve the teachers and the students to increase student achievement and make learning visible.
Until we meet again, remember the happiness there is to find in this world, especially on the pages of a book.
from Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine
“Should a Happiness Machine, he wondered, be something you can carry in your pocket? Or, he went on, should it be something that carries you in its pocket?’One thing I absolutely know,’ he said aloud. ‘It should be bright‘” (Bradbury 63).