Professional Development for Librarians

Outdoor Activities in Your Community During COVID-19 Webinar

October 28, 2020

In this webinar, Wanda Green, Assistant Library Director at the Tom Green Public Library System in San Angelo, Texas, discussed how libraries can do outdoor programs during the pandemic.

Green focused on a summer rocketry camp that was part virtual and part in-person. There were challenges and success that Green discussed in detail, but overall it was a doable program and much beloved.

Outdoor programming can be important even through the coldest winter months. Fortunately, engaging STEM passive and active programs, such as story walks, story-hour, stargazing, animal tracking, tree identification, etc., are already well-suited for the shorter days of the year, and with the right gear, getting outside and learning outside is not only possible, it’s fun and healthy too.

You can also download the slide deck for this presentation here.


Library Innovation and Pivot Activities During COVID-19 Webinar

September 23, 2020

Have you found some interesting ways to work with your community, or are you really burnt out from all the new outreach you are doing? Play the video below to see our discussion from September 23 to get some inspiration to keep you going through these strange times. You will hear from your fellow librarians and others about ways libraries and librarians have changed their programming, outreach, and daily admin. during COVID-19. Presenters are Sarah Post of Cornerstones of Science. Amy Hand of Camden Public Library, ME, and Adam Pitts of Gwinnett County Library System in Lawrenceville, GA.

You can also download the slide deck for this presentation here.



Cornerstones of Science provides ongoing support to staff of partner libraries that are working to promote scientific curiosity and understanding. In addition to the opportunities listed below, Cornerstones provides customized assistance helping librarians connect with appropriate scientists and create programs tailored to their unique setting and audiences.

Slide Presentations and handouts from our December 12, 2014 Library Partners Summit are now available:

Summit introductory presentation: Bringing Science Alive in Your Library

Pocket Solar System presentation

Pocket Solar System Handout

Keynote talk: Informed consent, genetic complexity and citizen science
A discussion of big ideas in personal genetics and their meaning for patients, highlighting the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and other books and materials. Keynote supporting materials: Personal Genetics Education Project What is Genetic Discrimination

Marketing Library Programs presentation

Professional Development Workshops

Librarians can serve as the local champions of science in their communities. Cornerstones of Science supports them in this role by providing  professional development workshops that demonstrate how to introduce scientific and technological themes and tools. Current workshop titles include:

  • STAR Program
  • Facilitating Informal Science Experiences in Your Library
  • Junk Drawer Robotics
  • Sowing Seeds of Sustainability
  • Healthy Citizens, Healthy Communities

The education piece of Cornerstones is so important. All librarians love to learn new things, and we love the workshops.

– Participating librarian

Library Partner Events

Cornerstones Library Partners Summit

Staff from Cornerstones of Science partner libraries gather every year for a day sharing stories and ideas on ways to create engaging experiences of science. These gatherings include inspiring presentations, valuable workshops and networking opportunities. The 2014 Cornerstones Library Partners Summit will be held December 12th at the Auburn Public Library.  Click here for details.

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