SEAL News - Janurary 19th, 2023
SEAL News - Janurary 19th, 2023
January 19, 2023

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Curated specifically for libraries who have signed up to receive eclipse glasses, this is your place to get ready to celebrate the upcoming eclipses! Within the Community, you can find activity guides, discussion threads with other library staff, programming ideas, connections to Subject Matter Experts, and more! Library staff who have submitted applications for glasses should already be registered for this site, but please reset your password upon login if you haven't already.
Feel free to upload pictures from your events, share your programming ideas, or ask for advice!
Come see what the community has to offer!
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Acitivity of the Month: 

Build a Sizzling Solar Oven

Patrons construct a solar oven out of a pizza box to cook food with the Sun! Your pizza box solar oven bakes food with no electricity or heat source, just the light of the sun! But how do solar ovens do this? Like a car with the windows rolled up on a hot day, solar ovens generate heat by converting solar energy in the form of light and trapping it to convert it to lower-wavelength infrared (or heat) energy.
This activity comes with step-by-step instructions, solar oven recipes (including cookies and quesadillas), and an extension to construct a solar still which can purify water.

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Resources Connecting Eclipses and Other Fields (Particularly the Humanities) 

In anticipation of the 2023 and 2024 solar eclipses visible in North America, some members of the American Astronomical Society Eclipse Task Force asked for a guide to connect eclipses with such fields as fiction, music, films, and art. With help from a number of colleagues, SEAL Partner Andrew Fraknoi assembled such a guide, including both print and web resources.   
The guide focuses on eclipses of the Sun (not the Moon), and describes materials that are fiction and part of the arts. These include adult and children's books like The Child of the Sun and The Secret Mountain, films and video (2001: A Space Odyssey anyone?), as well as music and art pieces.

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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). Funding is provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
SEAL Blogs

Learn all about Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries at our virtual trainings!

To get your library or library system ready for these awesome solar events we’re hosting a series of virtual trainings at the beginning of 2023 to let you know all about the great resources available through SEAL.
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Getting started with SEAL? Find eclipse and Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries resources here!

We’ve put together a list of links and resources relevant to the Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries project below. We’ll be updating this post with new resources regularly, so be sure to bookmark and check back for new and exciting stuff!
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Eclipse Dates

Annular Solar Eclipse
Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Total Solar Eclipse
Monday, April 8th, 2024
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