Tweens and STEM in the Library

The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute closed out its partnership with the Urban Libraries Council’s Partners for Middle School STEM project. The project, which kicked off in January 2019, brought together 10 public library systems to create and implement Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs for underserved youth,

By |August 31st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Virtual Community Dialogues

2020 has not been the year anyone expected. In the first three months of the new year businesses were shuttered, schools closed, millions unemployed, and for libraries across the country, in-person programming ended. Community leaders at libraries and other organizations felt a desperate need to impact their communities in a relevant way. Libraries acknowledged the

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Quarantine and the Moon

Left to Right, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin in the Mobil Quarantine Facility are pictured with president Nixon onboard the USS Hornet. Image Credit: NASA Almost everyone knows the date that astronauts first walked on the Moon, July 20, 1969. Another lesser known date is when the Apollo 11 astronauts were finishing up

By |August 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Strengthen Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in STEM

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility are fundamental values in the library community. The work to strengthen these areas is necessary and ongoing and can be done at the personal level, as a team, and with our communities. Below are some resources to help guide the journey towards ensuring people, especially those facing the greatest barriers

By |August 12th, 2020|Categories: Informal Learning, STEM, Uncategorized|0 Comments

NASA Subject Matter Expert (SME) Videos to Share with Your Patrons!

If you've attended a STAR Net webinar, workshop, or other training event, you may have heard our team talk about the importance of introducing your patrons to subject matter experts (SMEs), such as engineers, scientists, technicians, and more. SMEs can inspire your patrons and take the burden of "content knowledge" off of library staff. Patrons that do

By |August 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Resource Guide: Black Lives in Astronomy

"Black Lives in Astronomy," a new 8-page resource guide by astronomer/educator Andrew Fraknoi, includes written and video resources about and by 25 black astronomers, as well as general materials to examine the history and issues facing black members of the astronomical community. Both older, established scientists and people early in their careers are covered. It

By |July 31st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

STEAM From Home: Soap Magic

Like everyone else, the question of connection looms large during this pandemic. Connection with patrons, connecting ideas - how to provide these meaningful experiences remotely? Especially STEAM for a young audience. When so much of the learning is experiential, how can we can reach our patrons? I have a glass half full (depending on the

By |July 27th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Chemistry, Elementary Aged, Informal Learning, Science, STEM, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Resources for “STEAM for Everyone”; CAL’s Power & Privilege at Play Conference (7.17.20)

Hi everyone! This is a quick resource list for the presentation, "STEAM for Everyone: A Stepping Stone Approach to Overcoming Barriers to Access," taking place through the Colorado Association of Library's  Power and Privilege at Play: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in the Library virtual conference on July 17, 2020. High Plains Library District  Greeley Rodarte Center Follow

By |July 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Enough Space For Us All

Image credit: The Planetary Society I often have people come up to me after presentations to ask how they can be more involved. It is a great question, and there are so many great answers. First of all there are membership organizations. These are usually annual memberships with an associated fee, and options such as

By |July 16th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

2020 Community Cloud Challenge

Join the NASA GLOBE 2020 Community Cloud Challenge! Whether your library programs have gone virtual, curbside, or you’re able to host in-person events, you can invite your patrons to discover clouds from a new perspective. We all share the same sky with a wide variety of clouds in it. This is unique opportunity to learn

By |July 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment
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