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Summer Reading Program: 2019 Themed Resources

NASA STEM Workshop

In March 2019, RI and MA public youth services librarians participated in a two day, hands-on, space science-themed workshop that provided activities and content to prepare public library staff for the 2019 Summer Reading program, A Universe of Stories. The workshop facilitators included NASA@ My Library team members from the Space Science Institute and the Lunar and Planetary Institute. The workshop aimed for participants to:

  • Gain confidence in facilitating hands-on space science activities for ages 5-13 and their families at their libraries.
  • Gain confidence in making connections to current NASA science and missions with NASA apps, video clips, images, and other educational and promotional resources.
  • Network with others involved in facilitating innovative science and technology programs.
  • Connect to a broader online community of practice through the STAR Library Network (STAR Net).

STAR Net

The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) provides interactive STEM exhibits, programming, and training to public libraries nationwide through its Science‐Technology Activities and Resources Library Network (STAR Net). On STAR Net's STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find nearly 200 high quality, vetted STEM activities perfect for a library setting. As a CSLP partner, STAR Net has created a "Universe of Stories" Collection which currently includes over 80 activities for a variety of age groups and abilities.

NASA Networks

NASA's Night Sky Network is a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs brining the science, technology and inspiration of NASA's missions to the general public. With numerous clubs in each state, many of them are excited to share their time and telescopes to provide your community with unique astronomy experiences at the public library and under the real night sky.

NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) program works with motivated volunteers across the nation to share the latest science and discoveries of NASA’s space exploration missions through a variety of events that inspire their communities.

Lunar and Planetary Institute

The Lunar and Planetary Institute Education and Public Engagement team collaborates with its partners to make current Earth and planetary science content available to all audiences. Explore!  provides hands-on space science activities and supporting resources for out-of-school time programs at libraries, camps, museums, planetariums, librarians, and clubs. Use Explore to engage children and pre-teens in the wonders of lunar exploration; the planets Earth, Jupiter, and Mars; rockets; staying healthy in space; and more!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with CSLP to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! Explore DNA and family history, make stardust, discover astronaut food, and more with our science programs for kids, teens, and adults. The 2019  Summer Health Programming Manual is available as part of the CSLP manual and online. Visit the NNLM website for additional resources including activity guides and upcoming webinars. 

Girls STEAM Ahead With NASA Resource Center

Libraries and community-based organizations are invited to collaborate with the NASA's Universe of Learning informal education program and partners to empower women’s success—especially in science—starting when they are young. Through Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA, venues may host events, work with subject matter experts, and display exhibits. Events and resources are available and open to all family members, but focus on engaging girls by using field-tested activities and strategies. Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA resources include printable exhibit materials, posters, activity guides, webinars, and PR materials.

NASA Selfies and VR Experience

Download the NASA Selfie app for a quick trip through the universe. Also available from NASA, the Exoplanet Excursions virtual reality app takes users on a guided tour of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. This app is available for Occulus and Vive, while A 360-degree video is also be available on the Spitzer Youtube page that allows viewers to explore the virtual TRAPPIST-1 system on their desktop, smartphone or with a smartphone-based 360-viewer like Google Cardboard. .

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