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Tools for Middle Grade STEM Success Webinar

Join us for an overview of the IMLS-funded Middle School STEM project which focused on 11 libraries and their work to deliver equity-based STEM programming for middle-school youth. We will highlight the innovative work of the Durham County Library where STEM Librarian Gracey Gordon will lead us in a hands-on STEM project adaptable to this summer, get ideas on delivering STEM programming during COVID and preview ULC’s new online toolkit for amplifying equity-based STEM in your library.


  • Liz McChesney, Senior Advisor, Urban Libraries Council
  • Gracey Gordon, Senior Library Assistant, Durham County Library

This program is free to ULC members, yet registration is required.

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Liz Mc Chesney

Liz McChesney

Senior Advisor, Urban Libraries Council

Liz McChesney is a nationally recognized leader in public library service to children and has won numerous awards for her work bring STEM to libraries including the Library Journal Movers and Shakers Award and the National Summer Learning Association's Founder's Award for Excellence. She serves as a Senior Advisor to the Urban Libraries Council in Educational Equities and works as a consultant to the Laundry Literacy Coalition. She is the author of two books for ALA Editions: Summer Matters: Making All Learning Count (2017) and Pairing STEAM with Stories (2020). She is a frequent contributor to Children and Libraries Journal and contributed to Create, Innovate and Serve (ALA Editions 2019). Liz's first picture book, Keke's Super-Strong Double Hugs was published in late 2020.

Gracey Gordon

Gracey Gordon

Senior Library Assistant, Durham County Library

Gracey Gordon is the STEAM Services Senior Library Assistant at Durham County Main Library and has been in a library environment volunteering and working as an employee for nine years. Driven by her love for her community, Gracey takes pride in being able to provide help and access to the resources within the library. In addition to working with various equipment and creating programs for the STEAM department, she strives to create an open, welcoming space for those interested in the world of making. Some of Gracey’s favorite things include coffee, having a good laugh, and binge-watching movies/tv. Gracey graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in information science and a master’s degree in library science.