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Call for How-to Video Reviews
We’d like to invite members of the STAR_Net Online Community to review a set of how-to videos and images, to provide us with direction as we continue to build our STEM Resource Clearinghouse. This survey should take about 15 minutes. In the survey, you’ll find links to a variety of how-to videos and image examples. We will use your feedback to determine what future how-to resources will look like on the site. Please click HERE to access the survey.This survey will remain open for your feedback until September 1st.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
International Observe the Moon Night  
August 24th, 2016 1:00-1:30 pm MT

Join a Worldwide Celebration of the Moon: October 8, 2016

Webinar: August 24, 2016 at 3 pm ET/1 pm MT On October 8, 2016, celebrate the Moon in your community through International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN), an annual worldwide celebration of lunar and planetary science. Tens of thousands of people participate each year, from 98 countries and 49 US states (and counting!). Join this webinar to hear about hands-on activities, customizable promotional materials, and other resources available through Presenter Andrea Jones, Education Specialist with the Planetary Science Institute / NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, will describe how you can host your own InOMN event to attract adults and children alike.To register, please click here. Password is “star”.

STAR Library Education Network Resources
September 21st, 2016 1:00-1:30pm MT
Join Anne Holland (Public Engagement Manager at the Space Science Institute) for a “Grand Opening” of the two new websites associated with the STAR Library Education Network. You’ll receive a tour of the new features and resources (available at and as well as have an opportunity to suggest new features and content. You’ll also receive information on how to register your library for an Eclipse event in 2017, and get some free swag! As we know you’re in the middle of wrapping up summer reading, we will keep this webinar to 30 minutes. See you there!
To register, please click HERE, password is “star”.
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Are you ready for the celestial event of the century? In just over a year from now (August 21, 2017), the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn't occurred in 99 years! The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute has recently been awarded a grant for its NASA@ My Library program. Partners include NASA, ALA, The Girl Scouts, SETI, and many other organizations. The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) is managed by NCIL. The STAR_Net team wants to work with your library and thousands of others to participate in this national event. Some fortunate libraries will be able to experience a total solar eclipse though every library in the country will observe at least a partial eclipse.
So jump on the eclipse train! Please go to: to register your library. We will, in turn, let you know how to access the following valuable resources:
· Vetted Multimedia for Programming/Promotion (Images, Video, Animations, Artwork)
· Media Template Package (Press Release, PSA, Community Letter, Media Alert)
· Private Eclipse Forum (registered libraries)
· Inclusion in Special Eclipse Promotions (Social Media, Blogs, Newsletters, etc.)
· Enrollment in STAR_Net’s Eclipse Newsletter
When your eclipse event is planned, you can share your press release, flyer, website link, or like material with us to receive 50 free Solar Shades for your patrons to watch along with us! (shades are available on a first come, first serve basis).
The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and other funders. STAR stands for Science-Technology Activities and Resources. This ground-breaking program includes a traveling STEM exhibition program, the development of STEM activities for public libraries, a comprehensive training program that includes in-person 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.  
New Blog Posts Available!
Which is the Lowest Maintenance Pet of All?
A few weeks ago I decided to have a program where the kids could relax and let their creative juices flow, and where some of the parents/grandparents could flash back to their own childhoods and... please click HERE to read more 
Lego Robotics Programming: A Service Any Library Staff Member Can Offer
By Sarah Lawler Director of Partnerships & Outreach Fayetteville Free Library At the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL), it is a priority to offer informal STEAM learning opportunities. We strive to offer this type of programming....please click HERE to read more
Bringing the Indoors Out
There has been a movement towards bringing the natural world into programming more. More often than not, this involves bringing "nature" indoors in some fashion, whether by working with natural leaves, sticks, or other materials.... please click HERE read more
Engineering Programs? As Simple as Playing with Blocks!
Providing programs that fit in the Engineering aspect of STEAM can seem a bit daunting. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition (c.2011) defines engineering as: “The application of scientific and mathematical...please click HERE to read more

Learn About Other Cultures While Getting Fit - Make Your Own Skills Toys    
There's lots of research these days that supports the idea that a healthy body supports a healthy mind and intellect, improving one's ability to learn, understand, and retain...please click HERE read more
World Space Week
October 4th-10th, 2016
Over 1,800 events in 73 countries support and celebrate World Space Week. This year's theme "Remote Sensing - Enabling Our Future" is and 'inward looking' theme that inspires people and groups around the globe to celebrate earth observation from space and betterment for the world as a whole HERE to learn more and find events in your area!
Queued up:
In our next issue we'll go into more detail on these events coming up:
  • ARSL Conference
  • CAL Conferenece
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