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STAR Net News - December 19, 2018
STAR Net News - December 19, 2018
December 19, 2018
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 8 Mission to the Moon via a Live Webcast!
The tumultuous year of 1968 saw escalation of war, riots in the streets, and assassinations of leaders. During this time of upheaval back on Earth, NASA gave the world hope through its Apollo mission to the Moon. Apollo 8 was the first mission ever to take astronauts to a world beyond Earth.
Join us and share this live webcast event with your patrons as we celebrate this anniversary with a guided recreation of the voyage along the actual path synchronized with the astronauts spoken words.
Featured Presenter: Carter Emmart
Event Date / Time: December 27 / 2pm ET - 3pm ET
Webcast Channel: Click here
Event Flyer: Click here
NASA Posters: Click here
This webcast is brought to you by the American Museum of Natural History and the STAR Library Network's NASA@ My LIbrary program.
NOVA School of the Future: Free Screening Kits & Educational Resources
In a new age of information, rapid innovation, and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Can the science of learning—including new insights from neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators—reveal how kids’ brains work and tell us which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds? What role should technology play in the classroom? Teachers, students, parents, and scientists take center stage as NOVA explores a new vision for the “School of the Future.”
Interested in screening this film in your community? Visit to register for a free screening kit (in English or Spanish) and find additional educational resources. Please contact Gina Varamo with any questions.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Craft, Engineer, and Make & Take Activities for "A Universe of Stories"
Date: Thursday January 17, 2018
Time: 4
pm EDT / 3pm CDT / 2pm MDT / 1pm PDT
Looking for cheap, easy, accessible, and FUN hands-on experiences for your patrons this summer? Are you trying to spice up your normal craft and make and take activities with a space science theme? If so, then this is the webinar for you! Join us as we take a look at several different activities from the STEM Activity Clearinghouse Universe of Stories Collection that are hands-on, easy to facilitate, and sure to inspire curiosity.
Is the webinar registration full? Don’t worry! We Live Stream all of our webinars at:
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.
IMLS is Seeking Applications for School Library, Community Memory, and Digital Inclusion Grants
Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019.
This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.
Connected Science Learning
This month, CSL (Issue 8, Part 3) concludes its focus on STEM Learning Through Afterschool Experiences. Find out how The Franklin Institute integrated STEM learning across afterschool, home, and community for underserved children. Learn about Maryland's STEMbassador Learning Community, which supports connected learning experiences that engage youth. Also, read "Global Soundscapes" to learn how you can raise youths' awareness of their acoustic surroundings and discover how a new field is addressing environmental problems through the lens of sound.
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

Internet Librarian Conference!

By Christina Keasler
In October, I traveled across half the country and attended the Internet Librarian conference in Monterrey, California. It was my manager’s idea, and I was thrilled for the opportunity. I was not anticipating learning something in every single session I attended.

A Visit with Master Artists & Teachers

By Luna
A local museum is hosting an exhibit entitled “Origami in the Garden” until March of 2019.  It’s a fantastic series of metal sculptures based on origami designs scattered throughout the gardens of the museum.


By Jennifer Beach
Who among us hasn’t at some point just put out a bunch of materials and told the kids “have at it!”? We did that in our STREAM Center for a pre-Halloween program, and it was way more fun that we anticipated!
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ALA Mid-Winter Meeting
Jan. 25-29, 2019
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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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