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We received a sweet holiday card from our friends at the UNI PROJECT. The Uni is a one-of-a-kind, portable reading room for NYC.  We contributed books to them in October 2012.  Here is what they wrote in the card:
"Dear Rebecca,We love having your carefully chosen books with us as we take the Uni around the neighborhoods. Thanks to all at the NY Hall of Science for your support of the Uni!  Best wishes for 2014."
Best wishes to you too, and thank you for the important work you do in our great city!

library-nysci:

We received a sweet holiday card from our friends at the UNI PROJECT. The Uni is a one-of-a-kind, portable reading room for NYC.  We contributed books to them in October 2012.  Here is what they wrote in the card:

"Dear Rebecca,We love having your carefully chosen books with us as we take the Uni around the neighborhoods. Thanks to all at the NY Hall of Science for your support of the Uni!  Best wishes for 2014."

Best wishes to you too, and thank you for the important work you do in our great city!

library-nysci:

On Monday (Presidents Day) the library hosted author and Channel 7 Weather Man, Bill Evans. He wrote a book about weather, It’s Raining Fish & Spiders.  His book sold out in 5 minutes. 

For the 2:30 show, over 250 people enjoyed Mr. Evan’s discussion and slides about weather and his book. We learned a lot about meteorology.

Bill generously took time to pose with his fans (including your librarian!).

Now that’s a packed science library!

Look what I missed out on Saturday:
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The Harlem Globetrotters were at NYSCI today to explore the science of basketball.  Cheese, Tiny and Hammer stopped by the library to check out our books.  You have to admire and look up to these athletes!

Look what I missed out on Saturday:

library-nysci:

The Harlem Globetrotters were at NYSCI today to explore the science of basketball.  Cheese, Tiny and Hammer stopped by the library to check out our books.  You have to admire and look up to these athletes!

library-nysci:

Here’s the Uni Project at Corona Plaza this summer.  Our library is going to “curate” a cube at The Uni Project, a one-of-a-kind, portable reading room for New York City.
They set up all over the city, including our very own Corona. Their goal is to share books, showcase the act of learning and improve public space. 
We support that!  And in donating books to them, we also promote NYSCI.  To find out more, go here UNI PROJECT

They’ll be back Saturday Nov 10 in Corona!

library-nysci:

Here’s the Uni Project at Corona Plaza this summer.  Our library is going to “curate” a cube at The Uni Project, a one-of-a-kind, portable reading room for New York City.

They set up all over the city, including our very own Corona. Their goal is to share books, showcase the act of learning and improve public space. 

We support that!  And in donating books to them, we also promote NYSCI.  To find out more, go here UNI PROJECT

They’ll be back Saturday Nov 10 in Corona!

By Margaret Honey

Steven Brill has it exactly right when he says that “our nation’s economy, security, and core values depend on [the] success” of our public schools.…

Studying E-Books at the New York Hall of Science

Studying E-Books at the New York Hall of Science by Zachary Levine | Jul 18, 2011, published in The Cooney Center Blog.

Just over a week ago, I had the pleasure of assisting members of the Cooney Center staff in a two-day research study at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens, NY. The study, conducted in corroboration with NYSCI, focused on the interaction between children (ages 3-5) and their caregivers when reading two different science books: one regular book and one on the iPad. Would the iPad serve as a distraction to children or would it actually promote as much parent-child conversation and interaction as the print book?

In order to answer these important questions, the children and their caregivers were asked a series of questions after each book was finished as well as at the end of the session. In theory, the research study seemed like a fantastic idea but you can never be certain until you try it out in the field. So, off we went to Queens. When we arrived at NYSCI for the study, Dr. David Kanter, who is founding director of SciPlay, warmly welcomed us. (SciPlay, formally known as The Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science, and Technology Learning, was launched in 2010 as a design and research center fpr teaching children about science through play.) He then brought us to the Preschool Place, where we would be conducting our study. I was assigned the job of recruiting and signing up families for the study—a worthy job for a first time researcher! As families starting pouring into the museum I thought that recruiting would be a piece of cake. Boy was I wrong!

The main problem seemed to be that both the parents and their children didn’t want to sit down and read two books. They either didn’t have enough time or the kids refused. After all, a science museum with cool gadgets and a mini golf course is kind of hard to compete with! Nevertheless, once I got people to sign up for the study, everything went pretty smoothly thanks to the Cooney Center’s great research staff. Of course, a few families walked out in the middle of the study because their child couldn’t sit still, but overall, most families were very cooperative. In addition, I found that this type of research really excited a lot of families and many even asked us to put them on our mailing list so that they could see the study when it was finished. In the coming weeks we will be reviewing the results of the study and I think they will be quite fascinating. We hope to share them soon! I want to give a special thanks to Dr. David Kanter, Alice Stevenson, and the staff at the New York Hall of Science for their help at the museum. It was truly the perfect setup.

Zachary Levine is an intern with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center this summer. He is a rising sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is studying international relations. In summer 2010, he worked at E-line Media as a playtester for Gamestar Mechanic and during the Spring 2011 semester, he worked at the Morgridge Institute for Research as a playtester for a newly released iPad game called Virulent.