October 6, 2016
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Eclipse Webinar Presented by Dennis Schatz & Andrew Fraknoi
Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Time: 11:00 am MDT
Get an early start in preparing for the 2017 solar eclipse, how to explain it, how to observe it safely, and what role libraries can play in organizing and informing their communities.
Join us for a 45 minute webinar where you’ll get great information about the eclipse, and be able to ask questions about the role your library can play. Hosts: Dennis Schatz (NSTA, Pacific Science Center), and Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College; co-author of a new book on eclipse education). Click HERE for an Eclipse FAQ sheet.
To register, please click HERE. Password is “star”.

Don't forget to register your library for the 2017 Solar Eclipse as well! Click HERE
Promising Practices for Implementing STEM in Public Libraries
Presented by Dr. Annette Shtivelband
Date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm MDT
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) provides a new and promising direction in public library education and programming. Yet, what do researchers suggest are promising practices for implementing STEM? What can we learn from the informal education landscape about offering such programs to youth? How can we develop and nurture STEM education and programs that can reach youth from all backgrounds? Join us for this informative webinar that focuses on promising practices for implementing STEM programs in public libraries. Learn how you can build and strengthen your STEM program and apply lessons learned from this research study.
To register, please click here. Password is “star”.

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Hands-on STEM:
The Earth spins…does the Moon? Grab a penny and a quarter to find out!
The penny is the Moon. The quarter is the Earth. Lay them both on a table, face up. We can see "the Man in the Moon" every time we see the Moon, so keep Lincoln's nose facing the quarter. Move the penny around the quarter, and make at least one full circle ("orbit") around the "Earth." Does the penny "Moon" spin? Post your answer on our Facebook page HERE

Download the NASA "Penny Moon" activity guide and write your own review of the activity through the STAR_Net STEM Activity Clearinghouse
Networking and Training Opportunites

  • 2016 CAL (Colorado Association of Libraries) Annual Conference is October 20-22, 2016 in Loveland, CO
    Check out our session info HERE!

  • 2016 ARSL (Association of Rural & Small Libraries) Conference is October 27-29, 2016 in Fargo, ND
    Check out out sessions info HERE!

  • The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is offering a limited number of travel grants to attend the 128th annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), "Engage Every Child in the 2017 Solar Eclipse: Working Together with Diverse and Underserved Communities Across America," (December 8-9, 2016) in St. Louis, Missouri. These grants are intended for national STEM leaders working in or with underserved communities who are interested in engaging youth in education and outreach programs related to the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse across America. Click HERE to learn more.

    The travel grant application deadline is October 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST. Grants will pay for ASP conference registration, transportation, and lodging expenses. Visit the special AAS website page for further details and the grant application form.


NCIL staff has been working hard to meet your needs, and those efforts have yielded an entirely new section of our STAR_Net website called:

"STEM in Libraries:  Resources for Emerging and Established Leaders"
Read Keliann's LaConte's blog on this topic HERE and visit the new area HERE!
Register to join the STAR_Net community HERE. Registering means you can participate in forums, comment on blogs, and help build wiki resource pages. You can also network with fellow professionals.New subscibers will receive our monthly newsletter - where we share all of our exciting developments!
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Programing Opportunities

International Observe the Moon Night

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World Space Week

October 4-10, 2016

Earth Science Week

October 9-16, 2016

Earth Day

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Professional Development

2016 CAL Conference

October 20-22, 2016

2016 ARSL Conference

October 27-29, 2016
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