NASA Science Events and Programming

The NASA@ My Library project team will promote three to five high-profile events each year, providing NASA@ My Library Partners with robust event planning resources on the project website and via webinars.

High-profile NASA@ My Library events might include:  an International Observe the Moon night event in collaboration with a member of the Night Sky Network, hosting a NASA spacecraft launch event where live NASA coverage is streamed to a large audience, or hands-on activities facilitated by a NASA scientist for Earth Day. Visit STAR Net’s STEM Activity Clearinghouse for collections related to the events highlighted on the Events page.

International Observe the Moon Night

October 20, 2018

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an InOMN event — and uniting on one day each year to look at and learn about the Moon together. Find resources for libraries to host their own InOMN events at http://www.starnetlibraries.org/international-observe-the-moon-night/. InOMN is sponsored by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), and the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Lights On Afterschool

October 25, 2018

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

Earth Day

April 22, 2019

From the clouds and weather that we can see, to the air we breathe, our Earth’s atmosphere is essential to sustaining life on our planet. Join this national celebration of our planet with hands-on activities about Earth’s Protective Atmosphere. There will be opportunities for library patrons to be citizen scientists and help NASA scientists understand clouds from below (using citizen scientists’ observations) and above (using satellites). Using the new, user-friendly GLOBE Observer app, citizen scientists can contribute their observations of clouds and help improve our understanding of Earth and the global environment.

2019 Summer Reading Program (Theme: Space)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon, the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has chosen Space as their 2019 summer reading program theme.  The American Library Association also provides a resource page for summer reading programs, including tips on collaboration with local schools, outreach, and reading lists.