STAR Net News - June 6, 2018
STAR Net News - June 6, 2018
June 5, 2018
Reach Out, Engage and Learn
from Your Community!

STAR Net has recently launched an online resource that provides information for public libraries on how to host and conduct Community Dialogues. This online guide is a tested and vetted resource for all public libraries to begin the conversations that can lead to building strong, durable relationships with their community. Visit our website to find out how opening your doors can open new doors!
World Oceans Day - June 8th
On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on June 8th!
STAR_Net Webinar Series
A Universe of NASA Resources
Date: Wednesday June 6, 2018
Time: 3
pm EDT / 2pm CDT / 1pm MDT / 12pm PDT
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.
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.
Checkout the Latest NASA Opportunities for the Education Community
The NASA EXPRESS features updates from NASA and STEM associates about workshops, internships, and fellowships; applications for grants or collaborations; promotions for student and educator opportunities; online professional development; and other announcements.
Connected Science Learning
This month, CSL (Issue 6, Part 2) features a Diversity and Equity column, Connected Climate Change Learning Through Citizen Science, regarding indigenous youth in rural Alaska who use a K–12 classroom learning program to study local changes in climate through citizen science. Also, learn about Fossils4Teachers!, a professional development workshop connecting K–12 educators with paleontologists, and FieldScope, a free web-based platform that enables teachers and students to collect and analyze environmental data. 
Hands-on STEM: See the Light
“Why is the sky blue and why are sunsets red?” If you’ve spent much time around children then you’ve likely heard this question... and there is no better way to answer it than with a hands-on experience! In See the Light, patrons use a prism, glue stick, and pen light to learn all about light and color in the Earth’s atmosphere. Check it out and leave a review! 
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

Watercraft Design

By Amy Holcomb
Challenge-based programming is well received by multiple age groups at Skokie Public Library. These programs support 21st century learning skills like creative thinking, problem solving, and collaboration, all skills we’re eager to promote in activities for youth of a variety of ages.

Optimizing Layering for Program Success

By David Janning and Joanna Ritchie
Many events you host already include the concept of layering, which typically involves setting up multiple activity stations and staggering main events throughout the length of a program.

Finding Reliable Answers to Tough Questions

By Jessica Stoller-Conrad
It’s great that these young scientists want to learn more about our planet and our place in the universe! But what happens when parents, teachers, and librarians don’t know the answers?
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American Library Association (ALA)
June 21-26, 2018
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Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)
Sept. 13-15, 2018

Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL)
Sept. 13-15, 2018

Association of Science-Technology Centers (ATSC)
Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2018
All Conferences

Summer Reading Program - Theme: Music, Slogan: Libraries Rock
Summer, 2018
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Parker Solar
Probe Launch
July/August, 2018
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International Observe the
Moon Night

October 20, 2018

Lights On Afterschool
October 25, 2018

Mars InSight Landing
November 26, 2018
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