STAR Net News - April 3, 2019
STAR Net News - April 3, 2019
April 3, 2019
Is There a Cost? Can I Register Mulitiple Libraries/Branches? What Are the Benefits?
Do you have a similar question about our Summer of Space campaign? If so, we have now developed a FAQ section on our website to provide the answers that libraries are seeking.
Giveaway updates. With well over 2,800 libaries now registered, we are in full swing in the distribution of several giveaway items that include numerous books from both NASA and Scholastic. And if you haven't heard, we recently selected the first winner of our Orion telescope giveway. Please join us in congratulating Barbara Deponceau from the Wilcox Public Library in Wilcox, Pennsylvania!
Not registered yet? No worries! It's not too late to sign up and take advantage of all the resources and opportunities that your library can utilize to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves and create their own story.
On Monday, July 15th, join us for a Live Webcast Event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission. This live webcast, brought to you by the American Museum of Natural History, will feature a guided recreation of the Apollo 11 voyage - the space-flight that landed the first two astronauts on the Moon.

Note: More info will be available in future newsletters.

Citizen Science Day is Almost Here!
April 13th is THE day! Don't miss out on the opportunity for your library to make an impact in your community!
STAR Net has partnered with SciStarter to provide numerous printable resources designed specifically for libraries, including a comprehensive LIbrarian's Guide to Citizen Science that will help your library explore a menu of opportunities to bring citizen science to your library.
And if you're looking for some great informational webinars, visit and watch the two recorded YouTube videos below.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Lunar Phases
Date: Tuesday April 23, 2019
Time: 5
pm ET / 4pm CT / 3pm MT / 2pm PT
Community Dialogues for
Summer and Beyond

Date: Tuesday April 30, 2019
Time: 4
pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
Mars in May
Date: Thursday May 2, 2019
Time: 4
pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
For those that are unable to attend our live webinars, we will have a recording posted on our website within a day or two after the live presentation. And remember, all webinars are now streamed LIVE on our YouTube channel for times when are webinars are full.
Free Professional Development Opportunity:
Learn STEM Facilitation Skills Through Practice & Reflection
Questions are the beginning of a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them?
Video: April Skywatching Tips from NASA
What can you see in the April sky? The Moon visits Mars in the evening, and later joins Saturn and Jupiter for a spot of tea. Also, how to find Polaris, the North Star.
Download still images, along with the transcript and the video itself at:
Hands-on STEM:
Art and The Cosmic Connection
In this activity, patrons use NASA imagery as inspiration for artwork while learning about the geology of planetary bodies and moons.
This activity will really help put the “A” in “STEAM”!
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

Free Books and Supplies Available for Your Library!

By STAR Net Staff
STAR Net’s Summer of Space campaign promotes space science and astronomy and provides valuable resources that public libraries can use to build a summer learning program that their community will remember for years to come.

Community Video Gaming

By Amy Holcomb
Video games continue to be a source of community based learning and entertainment for youth and teens at Skokie Public Library. We have embraced this and provide multiple channels for youth and teens to participate either individually or as a group.

STEAM Engines: Emmett Chappelle and big, messy Bioluminescence

By Cailin Savage
Skokie Public Library’s February STEAM Engines club, featuring STEAM learning and hands-on activity for kindergarten through second graders, focused on super cool retired scientist Emmett Chappelle.
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2019 ALA  Conference
Jun. 20-25, 2019
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2019 ARSL Conference
Sep. 4-7, 2019
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2019 CAL Conference
Sep. 19-21, 2019
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Citizen Science Day
Apr. 13, 2019
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Earth Day
Apr. 22, 2019
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Summer Learning Program: "A Universe of Stories"
Summer, 2019
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