Upcoming webinars, and a new funding opportunity!
Upcoming webinars, and a new funding opportunity!
November 9, 2016
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Promising Practices for Implementing STEM in Public Libraries
Presented by Dr. Annette Shtivelband
Date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm MDT
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) provides a new and promising direction in public library education and programming. Yet, what do researchers suggest are promising practices for implementing STEM? What can we learn from the informal education landscape about offering such programs to youth? How can we develop and nurture STEM education and programs that can reach youth from all backgrounds? Join us for this informative webinar that focuses on promising practices for implementing STEM programs in public libraries. Learn how you can build and strengthen your STEM program and apply lessons learned from this research study.
To register, please click here. Password is “star”.

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Our Facebook Page is a great way to keep up-to-date on all the new and updated content on our website. We regularly provide posts about upcoming webinars and conferences, new blogs and forum topics, special event info (Earth Day, 2017 Eclipse, etc.), and numerous additional resources such as books, guides, posters and our STEM Activity Clearinghouse where you can find high quality, vetted STEM activities appropriate for library use.
And sure, we like to have a little fun too with interesting articles from our partners and Science leaders, as well as fun facts, pictures and memes from a variety of sources. So, what are you waiting for? Visit our page and LIKE US today!
Hands-on STEM
Hands-on STEM: Tasty Earth Science
Do you have a favorite trail mix, wrap, salad, or other simple snack that features a regional food ingredient? Help us build a collection of tween- and teen-friendly recipes!  Please email us your simple-to-prepare local food snack recipes (with source credit), and we'll add them to the collection on our Pinterest board.
Download the Recipe for a Region Activity Guide to find programming tips for engaging tweens and teens in an edible exploration of the native plants and crops that thrive in your regional climate. (Here's a tip from Justin at TLL Temple Memorial Library in Diboll, TX: Invite local businesses to donate regional foods!) 
Professional Development
Professional Development
Check out tips and activities for libraries with limited staff and budget, who still want to have a little fun!  See our slides from STAR_Net's ARSL conference session, "Active STEM Programs on a Shoestring Budget," for details.
Wyn Jennings (National Science Foundation), Sandy Toro (Institute of Museum and Library Services), and Keliann LaConte (NCIL/STAR_Net) presented "New Directions for Rural Libraries" at the ARSL conference. Follow the links to check out their presentation slides and read about the agencies' visions for assisting rural libraries in their quest to serve and educate their local communities.
Make Your Own STEM Mini-exhibits!
The panels from our popular traveling exhibitions are now available to print for your own library.
Download the files (for FREE!), in a variety of sizes, from the STAR_Net website
Networking and Training Opportunites

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) presents a Special STEM Outreach Conference
December 8-9 - St. Louis, Missouri, Moonrise Hotel
Engage Every Child in the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Working Together with Diverse and Underserved Communities Across America

Click here to learn more about this special conference.

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The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and other funders. STAR stands for Science­Technology Activities and Resources. This groundbreaking program includes a traveling STEM exhibition program, the development of STEM activities for public libraries, a comprehensive training program that includes in­person workshops and webinars, the development of the STAR_Net Online Community, and a research and evaluation program. STAR_Net is led by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning. Partners include the American Library Association, Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance along with many other organizations.
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Programing Opportunities

International Games Day

Nov. 19, 2016

Computer Science Education Week

Dec. 5-11, 2016

Engineers Week

Feb. 19-25, 2017

Earth Day

Apr. 22, 2017

2017 Solar Eclipse
Aug. 21, 2017
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Grant Opportunity
National Endowment for
the Arts Big Read

The Big Read  promotes reading communities. Eligible organizations, i.e., governments, libraries, school districts, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations, apply for an
estimated 75 grants ranging in size from $5,000 to $20,000 for activities conducted sometime between September 2017 - June 2018. The application deadline is January 26, 2017.
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