STAR Net News - January 14, 2021
STAR Net News - January 14, 2021
January 14, 2022

Start the new year with the NASA GLOBE 2022 Cloud Challenge

January 15 - February 15 2022
Vivienne Byrd at the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) and Theresa Schwerin (GLOBE Team), co-wrote a blog article for STAR Net with recommendations to get started on the Cloud Challenge. Activities include making clouds in a jar and learning to say "cloud" in different languages!

We're Craving Tamales...and Telescopes!

Did you see the Tamales and Telescopes blog post on American Library Association's Programming Librarian website? "Telescopes and Tamales was a community-centered program featuring an outdoor tamale dinner, presentations and videos on the James Webb Telescope launch, and STEAM crafts for kids. The program was topped off with a chance for participants to look through a telescope and view stars and planets on a clear, beautiful night." -Mary Beth Garrett, Children's Librarian, Alpine (Texas) Public Library, NASA@ My Library Partner Library 
Image Credit: Alpine Public Library

How to Turn a STEM Experiment into a Library Public Program

Valerie Marshall, a NASA@ My Library mentor, shares tips on how to put together successful STEM public programs:
  • Showcase Library Resources
  • Add STEM to Existing Programs
  • Pick a Theme
  • Host Different Activity Stations/Sessions
  • Recruit a Subject Matter Expert (SME)
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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Bring Home the Science

by Susan Borders, Darby Free Public Library, PA                    The pandemic proved challening for many communities and libraries. Check out the inovative efforts of this library and how they emplimented safe alternatives to engage with their patrons. 
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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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