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Who We Are

The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) is a hands-on learning network for libraries and their communities across the country. STAR Net focuses on helping library professionals build their STEM skills by providing “science-technology activities and resources” (STAR) and training to use those resources.

STAR Net is built upon a strong network of collaborators and partners, led by the Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL).

Over the past decade, it has been a leader in supporting libraries in developing effective STEAM programs, through both NSF and NASA-funded projects such as NASA@ My Library and STEAM Equity.

Librarians at Workshop
STEM Activity Clearinghouse

In the STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find high quality, vetted STEM activities that are appropriate for library use. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

You can search and sort by audience, content level, and difficulty, among others. You can also browse collections that we’ve curated just for you! Almost all the activities in the Clearinghouse have pictures or videos of real libraries doing these activities.

Read Our Blogs

Covering topics from hands-on activities and resources to programming events.

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Digital Learning

Would you like to build your own solar system? Or fly a spacecraft to Mars? Share NCIL’s interactive games with your patrons to help develop their learning skills.

“Play is the beginning of knowledge.” – George Dorsey

Fly to Mars App
Rubble App

Project Impacts

Discover how STAR Net is impacting your library community!

STEM Exhibit Visitors
Exhibit Program Participants
Professional Development Participants
STEM Kits Distributed







See what our librarians and partners say…

“STAR Net is the first place that I look for science programming ideas… I appreciate that the activities have clear instructions, lists of materials and equipment I will need and background information.”

Susan J. Rolfsmeier, Chadron Public Library

“Through this partnership (NASA@ My Library), our library has been able to provide unique, innovative, informative, and educational programs to a community that might not otherwise have.”

Dr. Zachary Stier, Ericson Public Library

“STAR Net is a great resource to introduce STEAM and foster STEAM learning to entire communities. From traveling exhibits to Make-and-Take kits, people people of all ages can learn and interact with STEAM in a fun, unique way.”

Vanna Bells, Carson City Library

“STAR Net is like “one-stop shopping” to find everything you need for your next project or program.  One of the best items is the ability to search and filter through hundreds of STEM activities and find just the right one to fit your needs.”

Tina Meiners, Montrose Regional Library

“STAR Net helped us improve our STEM programs tremendously over the past few years by providing staff training and webinars, resource overviews,  program opportunities, and my absolute favorite go-to resource for program ideas.”

Wanda Green, Tom Green County Library System

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