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STAR_Net News - October 2017
STAR_Net News - October 2017
October 2, 2017
18th Annual Lights On Afterschool
Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities.
This year afterschool-library partnerships are being celebrated as a theme for Lights On Afterschool! Highlight a partnership you already have, or partner with an afterschool program for the first time for a Lights On event, October 26.
International Observe The Moon Night
InOMN is an annual worldwide celebration of lunar and planetary science. Tens of thousands of people participate each year, from 98 countries and 49 U.S. states (and counting!).
You and your library are invited to join this world-wide celebration by hosting an InOMN event on one day each year to look at and learn about our Moon together. This year’s celebration is on October 28th.
InOMN encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an InOMN event — and uniting on one day each year to look at and learn about the Moon together.
All Across America, Afterschool
Programs Love Their Libraries!
According to a newly released study from the Afterschool Alliance, nearly three-quarters of those surveyed reported that they were working with their local public library in diverse ways, from literacy initiatives to book lending programs and STEM activities. For these findings and more, read the full report, which was commissioned by STAR Net.
If you are one of the many libraries currently working with an afterschool program, celebrate your partnership by participating in the 18th annual Lights On Afterschool. To learn more, check out STAR Net’s event page today.
STAR_Net Webinar Series
International Observe The Moon NIght
Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Time: 4
pm EDT / 3pm CDT / 2pm MDT / 1pm PT
Join STAR Net and Brian Day, NASA’s Lead for Citizen Science and Community Development at the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, to learn more about ways to integrate this event into your library’s programming!
For those that are unable to attend the live webinar, we will have a recording posted on our website within a day or two after the live presentation.
Hands-on Fun with STAR Net!
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time:
3pm EST / 2pm CST / 1pm MST / 12pm PST
Hunting for activities for your library’s next STEM program? Look no further! Hands-on Fun with STAR Net will highlight several different hands-on activities from the STEM Activity Clearinghouse that were designed with the library setting in mind. Whether you are new to STEM programming or are already a “STEM Superstar”, we hope you will join us for tips, techniques, and loads of fun!
For those that are unable to attend the live webinar, we will have a recording posted on our website within a day or two after the live presentation.

Miss Past Webinars? Get Them Here!

Congratulations to our Winners!
Thank you to the nearly 1200 libraries that completed our Post Eclipse Survey and shared their amazing and innovative programs created and partnerships formed.
From this list we randomly selected 5 people (see list below) that will receive a printed and autographed copy of the popular childrens book, When The Sun Goes Dark, written by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz.
  • Lisa Crutchfield, St. Paris Public Library
  • Catherine Yesak, Goodland Township Library
  • Brenda Kizziar, Ward County Library
  • Kim Roppolo, Stephentown Memorial Library
  • Janette Larson, Harris County Public Library
Congratulations and we'll be in contact soon!
Apply For An Award!
Library Journal sponsors and co-sponsors many awards to recognize greatness and contributions to the library industry.
LibraryAware Community Award
The LibraryAware Community Award emphasizes the library’s engagement with the community and will recognize a library or library system that has demonstrated its ability to make its community “aware” of what the library can do for it—and has delivered on that promise. The award will be given by Library Journal, the oldest and most respected U.S. library publication, and funded by LibraryAware, a product of EBSCO Publishing’s NoveList Division.
Hands-on STEM: Moon in Action
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is fast approaching and will be a great opportunity to discuss and observe Earth’s nearest neighbor with your patrons.
STAR Net’s STEM Activity Clearinghouse features an entire collection of lunar activities that will help make your library’s InOMN programming a hit! Try Moon in Action, which provides a comprehensive guide with numerous resources (such as maps, hand-outs, background information, and more) to help facilitate a successful lunar observation.
Make sure to leave an activity review so other librarians know what worked well for you!
The STAR Library Education 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 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.
Latest Blogs

Science Kits for STREAM Educators

By Luna
I have recently discovered a great not-so-new resource for teachers and librarians – Biology in a Box!

STEAM Benchmarks

By Amy Holcomb
We know that hands-on or experiential learning is great for patrons of all ages, and that it’s particularly powerful in STEAM learning opportunities.

Sharpie Tie-Dye

By Amy Koester
As summer comes to an end and many of our patrons are busy on vacation or getting ready to go back to school, we were eager to offer quick access to STEAM opportunities.
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Upcoming
Conferences

Colorado Association of Libraries
Oct. 12-14, 2017
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Mountain-Plains Museum Association
Oct. 15-19, 2017
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Nevada Library Association/MPLA
Oct. 16-18, 2017
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Association of Science - Technology Centers
Oct. 21-24, 2017
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Internet Librarian
Oct. 22-25, 2017
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Young Adult Library Services Association
Nov. 3-5, 2017

American Geophysical Union
Dec. 11-15, 2017
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Programing Opportunities

World Space Week
Oct. 4-10, 2017

Earth Science Week
Oct. 8-14, 2017

Solar Week
Oct. 23-27, 2017

Lights On Afterschool
Oct. 26, 2017
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Int'l Observe the Moon Night
Oct. 28, 2017
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International
Games Week

Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2017
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