Eileen G. Harrington is the health and life sciences librarian at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD. Previously, she oversaw the Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences, a natural history museum, aquarium, and planetarium. She has served as a reviewer for various manuscripts submitted to Children & Libraries. She has been a formal and informal educator both in the United States and in Latin America and has developed curriculum materials in both English and Spanish. She has a bachelor of arts in environmental studies and biology from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, a master's degree in environmental studies from York University, Toronto, and a master's degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
- Table of Contents
- About the Author
- Background information on the national state of science education, and how environmental programming can foster science literacy
- Ways to introduce environmental science themes into existing library programs via "Little Learners Labs" for toddlers, science storytimes for young children, and book clubs for tweens and teens
- Lists of age-appropriate titles to share with any group
- Strategies for implementation to ensure success
"A solid, well-thought out resource."
— School Librarian's Workshop
"This seven-chapter manual is in a very accessible format that can be used as a reference tool, an idea starter, or as a step-by-step guide with exact goals, objectives, methods, and plans for creating environmental science programming for school age youth. As a high school librarian, I find that many programs Harrington presents for younger students can be successfully adjusted to meet the interests and educational levels of tweens, teens, and young adults ... This handbook will be a useful purchase for any library or school. It may begin on a librarian's desk, and later be shared with classroom teachers and youth groups."
— Catholic Library World
"The ready-made programs, activities, real-life examples and lists of print and web-based resources makes this an excellent handbook for teachers, librarians and museum staff who wish to create interesting and appealing science activities for young people."
— Australian Library Journal