Just like math or reading, coding has become a foundational skill. Learning about coding helps kids develop their creativity as well as their problem-solving and logic skills. Learning about coding also helps them understand the world around them. If you’re interested in getting your kids started with coding, here are 5 resources to teach coding to kids.
As we say goodbye to daylight savings, we can now expect shorter and colder days. Feel free to (literally) grab some extra daylight at one of our Light Therapy stations, available at all branches of Halifax Public Libraries.
Science Literacy Week in Canada (September 17-23, 2018) is a week-long celebration of science and space—for all ages. Getting creative with play dough is the perfect blend of science, play, and learning. Read on to learn about the science of play dough and how to make your own dough at home.
Trying to get outside more often? Let's venture out together. The Library has pedometers and Nordic Walking Poles available to borrow. Learn more about these tools and the related borrowing details so you can get on the move.
On July 11, 2018, Halifax Public Libraries, Sun Life Financial, and our community members (including Joel Plaskett!) celebrated the beginning of a new musical venture. Sun Life Financial donated 150 instruments to tour Library collection in an effort to make the arts more accessible to our community. View photos from the celebratory event.
On The Big Bang Theory, Howard creates an action figure replication of himself. On Grey's Anatomy, Doctors Yang and Grey create veins and human hearts. In Jurassic Park III, Billy makes a prototype of a resonating chamber (basically the vocal box—or the part that goes “RAWR!”) of a velociraptor. They did it all with the magic of 3D printing. Even though these stories are fictional, 3D printing is very real. Lifelike, actually. And we have 2 MakerBot Replicators (3D printers) at the Library you can witness in action.
Get outside! The Library offers kits that are filled to the brim with outdoor games and toys. Our Be Fit Kits are designed to help kids be active while having fun, and they can be checked out just like you would check out a book.
By Jocelyn Covert, Staff Member, Bedford Public Library | Remember how our parents used to kick us out of the house with the direction, “Go play!,” and we actually did? We played wherever, with whatever. This is “loose parts play.” It’s certainly not a new concept, but it’s definitely become a new focus for schools, daycares, and libraries.
By Aaron, Staff Member, Central Library | Video games…in the library? The very idea can seem completely alien, but it turns out there’s plenty of room for gaming here (and a whole lot more). At many branches of Halifax Public Libraries, you will find gaming consoles and games that are available for use by all patrons ages 19 and under.