STEAM for Girls

Library Programs for NextGen Scientists

by Mary L. Glendening


Learn how to successfully launch and run STEAM programs for girls in your library.

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September 2020

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 180
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Children's and Young Adult Programs/General
  Children's and Young Adult Services/General
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Getting girls into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math is a national goal. The engaging, fun, and easy-to-implement programs in this book will inspire girls—especially those of middle school age—to learn about science.

With detailed instructions for step-by-step projects, STEAM for Girls: Library Programs for NextGen Scientists offers youth librarians and other educators ideas for inspiring girls to explore each of the STEAM areas—science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics—in the library or classroom.

The author provides talking points for making a case for girls-only programming in the library as well as instructions for adapting the programs for younger and older girls and keeping girls engaged with the program into their teenage years. She discusses the importance of this kind of programming for girls and explains how to help girls make connections between STEAM subjects and real-world careers by inviting women in your community to share their experiences working in STEAM fields.


  • Takes the complexity out of launching a STEAM initiative by providing detailed instructions
  • Focuses on getting girls interested in STEAM subjects early and supporting this interest throughout their school careers
  • Offers variations for different age groups as well as differently sized budgets, along with ideas for where to look for funding
Author Info

Mary L. Glendening is director of Middletown Free Library, in Media, PA. She is author of Libraries Unlimited's From Video Games to Real Life: Tapping into Minecraft to Inspire Creativity and Learning in the Library and coauthor of Makerspace Sound and Music Projects For All Ages. She has run the TechniGals Summer STEAM Camp at the library for the past four summers with her colleagues. TechniGals was honored with a Pennsylvania Library Association Best Practices Award in 2016. Glendening has spoken at conferences on running sustainable makerspace programs in libraries and is an avid maker.

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