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STAR Net News - November 20, 2018
STAR Net News - November 20, 2018
November 20, 2018
Telecon: Peanuts and NASA
For nearly 50 years, Snoopy has been an important part of the NASA culture and helped inspire generations to dream big. As NASA approaches the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo program, Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang will once more help the world celebrate the success of past missions but also look toward the future as NASA sends humans back to the Moon and on the Mars.
As a STAR Net member you're invited to hear about how your library can be a part of this collaboration to celebrate the Apollo anniversaries and discover new resources that will inspire and engage your patrons.
For more information on how to participate in this December 13th telecon, visit our Museum Alliance partner page.
Event Reminder: Mars InSight Landing
InSight is set to touch down on Mars at around noon Pacific (3 p.m. Eastern) on Nov. 26, 2018. The lander will plunge through the thin Martian atmosphere, heatshield first, and use a parachute to slow down. Then, it will fire its retro rockets to slowly descend to the surface of Mars, and land on the smooth plains of Elysium Planitia.
Note: For all the STAR Net libraries that are planning to host a live event, please send your photos to Anne Holland after the event. Thank you!
STAR_Net Webinar Series
A Universe of NASA Resources
Note: During the month of November, we'll be highlighting some important past webinars.
Please join us as representatives from NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Space Telescope Science Institute and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific share resources from their organizations that are easy to use and highly relevant for a library audience. These include everything from 3D printable moon-scapes, to how to get a NASA expert to your library! Get a head start on Summer Reading 2019 programming with this broad overview of NASA resources, and let us know after the webinar who you’d like to hear more from!
Astrophysicist and Author is Offering Free Community Visits!
A visit from a top-rated author/scientist typically costs thousands of dollars, but a partnership between Story Time From Space and Big Kid Science astrophysicist/author Jeffrey Bennett is now making it possible for many schools and communities to reduce that cost to zero. It’s all part of their mission to improve STEM education and to help schools and the public learn about the Story Time From Space program, in which astronauts read books to children and conduct science lessons from the International Space Station.
Register Your Library to Get
Notified of Exclusive Resources!
Starting in December, STAR Net (in partnership with the Collaborative Summer Library Program) will be launching our first monthly issue of the "Universe of Stories" newsletter which will provide libraries with priority access to science materials from NASA (and a variety of other sources) in preparation for next year's summer learning program.
If you're interested in getting these notifications (and other related news), register your library’s participation today!
Become a Build a Better Book Partner Site
Online applications are now open! Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a two-day professional development workshop (Feb 28-Mar 1, 2019), in Boulder, Colorado. 
This active workshop will provide the foundation for leading STEM workshops for teens to create tactile, multi-modal books and games for children who are blind or visually impaired or who have other physical or learning disabilities. Participating sites will receive a materials kit to help support program implementation, and are expected to support a multi-day program for teens in 2019.
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. Plus, engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of exploration and discovery through new NASA@ My Library and Project BUILD 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, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Afterschool Alliance, Education Development Center, Datum Advisors, Cornerstones of Science, and the Pacific Science Center. Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA Science Mission Directorate, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
STAR Net Blogs
Lessons Learned from Camp Cosmos
By Jennifer Beach

How do you decide if an event is a success? Usually the number of people in attendance is a good indicator, and one that the state wants us to report. But what if you only have three people from your intended audience attend? Can you still call that a successful event?
Backyard Wilderness BioBlitz
By Jennifer Beach

This summer in the middle of Summer Reading Club, we acquired a grant-related exhibit for the library. Backyard Wilderness is a large-format film by HHMI studios, created primarily for the museum audience.
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Conferences

AGU Fall Meeting
Dec. 10-14, 2018
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ALA Mid-Winter Meeting
Jan. 25-29, 2018
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Opportunities

Mars InSight Landing
November 26, 2018
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2019 Engineers Week
Feb. 17-23, 2019
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2019 Summer Learning Program: A Universe of Stories
Summer, 2019
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