STAR Net News - December 15th, 2021
STAR Net News - December 15th, 2021
December 15, 2021

Webb Telescope Launch is Almost Here! Plan Your Event Now! 

The Webb Space Telescope is finally set to launch on December 22, 2021 after a small delay. Are you planning a launch party or looking to do a fun program around the telescope? We have curated videos, resources, informationals, downloadable pictures, activities and more to take your launch party into space! Choose an activity from the Look Up! Explore Our Universe Clearinghouse collection to celebrate the James Webb Space Telescope mission, or share an awesome video from NASA! Click the picture above to go to our Look Up! page or find an acitivty below.

Applications Are Open for the #PlantWildflowers Nationwide Library Initiative – Support Your Local Pollinators!

To celebrate and support native and wild pollinator populations, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and PBS Nature are launching #PlantWildflowers, a nationwide education and action initiative to highlight pollinator diversity and spark local efforts to support wild pollinators.  

Across the US and Canada, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is inviting libraries to join and host localized pollinator celebration events that will build community collaborations, highlight the crucial role bees and other pollinators play, and give members the opportunity to support local pollinators by planting native wildflowers. Selected libraries will receive a $1,000 honorarium, regionalized pollinator-friendly wildflower seed packets for distribution, and a variety of informal and formal pollinator-focused educational activity tools.
Applications are open TODAY and close on December 31st. 
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). Partners include the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, Collaborative Summer Library Program, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Education Development Center, Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI), University of Colorado. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, and the NASA Science Mission Directorate.
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Tips & Tricks for Take & Makes to Compliment Virtual Programming

By Atlas Logan, Gwinnett Public Library
Many libraries have turned to Take & Make activity kits as a fun, engaging way to still meet community needs while keeping things safe during the pandemic. 
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Volunteers and Choosing Them Intentionally 

By Kevin Tolley, Solano County Library 
When thinking about finding volunteers for STEM programming, there are two kinds of groups to consider: Subject Matter Experts (SME) and non-experts (who I’ll just refer to as volunteers).
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Celebrate Water at Your Library this Earth Science Week and Beyond!

by Brooks Mitchell
Libraries are great places for communities to explore this important topic now and in advance of the 2022 CSLP summer reading theme, “Oceans of Possibilities.” 
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