NASA @ My Library
The Library of Michigan is one of four state library agencies to be selected for NASA @ My Library, a nationwide science-technology initiative launched in 2018. The Library of Michigan will receive resources, training and support through NASA @ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning
opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education.
The project is led by the National Center for Interactive learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office,
the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science and the Education Development Center.
Additional support for this project comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD)
and made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
For information about the program visit https://www.starnetlibraries.org/portfolio-items/nasa-my-library/.
NASA's Night Sky Network (NSN) is a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing science, technology, and inspiration of NASA's missions to the general public. Go to bit.ly/FindNSN to find a NSN club near you for possible collaborations!
NASA's Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) is a program of volunteers that shares the latest in NASA's science and discoveries of their space exploration missions through events in their communities. For the SSA Directory for volunteers in your area go to: solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssa.
Who is eligible?
This project is open to all public libraries in Michigan and designed to increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the state and especially aimed at geographical areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education.
NASA @ My Library Program Facilitation Kits
Kit 1 (4 copies) - "Sun Earth Moon Connections" includeds numerous activities & supplies including:
- Modeling Meaningful Eclipses
- UV Kid!
- Sorting Games
- Jump to Jupiter
1) Reserve a kit via KitKeeper
2) Schedule and advertise programs for the public during the period your library has reserved the kit.
3) Return kit to the Library of Michigan on time so the next library can receive it for their programming and complete the required survey.
Were held in the following locations/dates:
Tuesday, September 11th: RAM Center in Roscommon, MI
Thursday, September 13th: NMU Library, Marquette, MI
Wednesday, September 19: Flint Public Library, Flint, MI
Friday, September 21: Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Monday, September 24: Bloomfield Township Public Library, Bloomfield Twp, MI
Laurie Bone, Senior Curator of Programs at Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium, will be providing a hands-on workshop for public library staff. These STEM workshops will cover the following content:
- Overview of relevant astronomy terms and concepts
- Strategies for effective deliver of STEM based activities for kids of all ages (children, teen, adults, families)
- Ideas for Astronomy activities that librarians can use while developing their program plan
- Materials to support at least one of the activities will be provided for each library. (1 per library in attendance)
Materials will be provided for each participant to do the activities. This provides an opportunity for the librarians to practice doing the activity, have conversation with the group to identify ways to expand or customize the activity to better fit individual needs, and will provide each participant with a sample project for use in programming. NASA Facilitation kits will be available in the near feature from LM for libraries to borrow. If the workshop nearest you is full, you can either join the waitlist or attend at a different location. Cost is $25/person and we have a strict cap on attendance & do expect the majority of these workshops to fill-up. If you are unable to attend after registering, please contact Mary Anne Smith ASAP at 517-373-1580 or SmithM99@michigan.gov to cancel and allow someone from the waitlist to attend.
Coming later this year...
For more information on the NASA@ My Library project in Michigan, please contact Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator at the Library of Michigan, 517-335-8129 or at LancasterC5@Michigan.gov.