NASA@ My Library is a national earth and space science initiative that connects NASA, public libraries and their communities.
NASA@ My Library Earth and Space Science Kits available for checkout from the South Dakota State Library!
The South Dakota State Library is excited to be one of fourteen state library agencies selected for cohort 2 of NASA @ My Library, a nationwide science-technology initiative by the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) launched in 2018.
SDSL 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.
What is in the Kits?
The Sun-Earth-Moon Connections Kit focuses on activities and experiences that better help patrons understand their place in space, and how the Sun and Moon impact our planet.
The Be A NASA Detective: Expanding Your Senses Kit focuses on activities and experiences that help patrons (and library staff!) be more comfortable using tools of science, and making predictions based on their observations.
Duplicated and expanded from Kit 2, the Native American kit includes books and resources featuring scientific literature and information on traditional Lakota Star Knowledge with D(L)akota Star Map included.
Duplicated and adapted from Kit 2, this kit has been developed in accessible formats for visually impaired students, including books in braille, twin vision and audio formats, and the APH Sense of Science Astronomy kit .
Researchers Presentations are opportunities for your library patrons to learn about varied topics with an actual South Dakota scientist. Coordinated through the South Dakota Discovery Center and the SD State Library, a kit of materials paired with a NASA@MyLibrary Fellow provides your patrons an amazing engaging hands-on experience.
Developed by STAR Net's NASA@ My Library team, these kits assist library staff in facilitating programs around exciting NASA science mission topics.
Who is Eligible?
This project is open to all public libraries in South Dakota. All other types of libraries (school, academic, special) may participate by coordinating with their local public library in offering events open to the general public. The project is 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.