The Alabama Public Library Service is excited to participate in the NASA@ My Library, a nationwide science-technology initiative by the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) launched in 2018.
APLS 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.
For more information, click a topic below
- Reservation and Borrowing Information
This project is open to all public libraries in Alabama. 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. Shipping of kits is provided free of charge.
You can reserve a kit for your library to have for up to 2 weeks via the reservation form.
Once you receive a confirmation email, your library will be shown on the reservation calendar as having it reserved.
The calendar entry will include:
- The name of the borrowing library
- The city of the borrowing library
- The name and contact information for the person reserving the kit
Once a reservation is confirmed, program advertisement can begin in the borrowing library's community for those dates. Official NAML promotional materials are available under the promotional materials tab of this page.
By reserving a kit my library agrees to:
- Promote the event(s) in which the kit will be used
- Fill out the survey (online or paper) about the event(s)
- Return kit on time so next library can receive in time for their event(s)
All activities in the kit have detailed instructions for program presenters. (Keep in mind with the STEM kits, participants are encouraged to explore the activities and pondering/questioning is strongly encouraged.)
- Instructional Videos
Activity Videos – videos for some of the kit activities:
Kit #1 Sun-Earth-Moon Connections
- Complete Facilitator Guide
- Modeling Meaningful Eclipses
- UV Kid!
- Sorting Games
- Jump to Jupiter
- NAML SLA STEM Kit 1 Sun Earth Moon Connections (video)
Kit #2 Be a NASA Detective – expanding your sense
- Complete Facilitator Guide
- Tabletop Reflector Telescope
- Planet Party
- Pocket solar system
- Loony lunar phases
- Art and the cosmic connection
- Investigating the insides
- AML SLA STEM Kit 2 Be a NASA Detective (video)"
Archived recordings, slides, and links for all STARnet webinars. If you have questions about training opportunities, contact the APLS Reference librarian at 334-213-3987 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Promotional Materials
Editable NASA@ My Library event flyer(download AND save before editing!)
Promotional Best Practices:
- Social media tag #nasaatmylibrary
- Library website
- E-publications sent to library staff and trustees with information about upcoming NASA@ My Library programming
- Announce participation at monthly board and membership meetings
- Additional Resources
Tools & Resources:
- Night Sky Network Astronomy Clubs (NSN)
- NASA Solar System Ambassadors (SSA)
- NASA Apollo Moon Landing 50th Anniversary
- NASA Selfie app
- A Universe of Stories – Collaborative Summer Library Program
- STARnet STEM Activity Clearinghouse
- Printable 3D models from NASA
- STARnet YouTube channel – program instructional videos
- Spacehack.org – a directory of ways to participate in space science
- Invite your local Night Sky Network Astronomy Clubs (NSN) or NASA Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) to give a talk or help with a program
Who is eligible?
This project is open to all public libraries in Alabama. 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.
Who can help?
Did you know there are space experts in Alabama, just waiting to collaborate on a program with you? There are!
Night Sky Network Astronomy Clubs (NSN) is a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing science, technology, and inspiration of NASA’s missions to the public. Search the NSN club listings to find one 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. Search the SSA Directory for volunteers in your area.
What's in the Kits?
- Kit 1 - Sun Earth Moon Connections
- Modeling Meaningful Eclipses (all materials provided)
- UV Kid! (pony beads, chenille sticks, and UV flashlight provided)
- Sorting Games: How Big? How Far? How Hot? (all materials provided)
- Jump to Jupiter (“sun” and “planets” provided)
- Sunoculars (2 pairs provided, ages 13+)
- Books (all provided)
by Frank Asch
What’s the Weather Today?
by Dr. Seuss
Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters
(download text-only and audio versions for the visually impaired) - Be a NASA Detective: expanding your senses
- Kit 2 - Be a NASA Detective: expanding your senses
- Planet Party (tabletop telescope, binoculars, star finder, moon map provided)
- Pocket solar system (paper receipt tape, colored pencils provided)
- Loony lunar phases (no materials provided)
- Art and the cosmic connection (colored pencils provided)
- Investigating the insides (fillable planets, pony beads, marbles, magnets, scale, infrared thermometers, compass)
- Books (all provided)
Secrets of our earth
by Carron Brown
A shine-a-light book (flashlight included)
The secret galaxy
by Fran Hodgkins
Find the constellations
by H.A. Rey
Public library staff should complete the survey after each program that uses NASA@ My Library kitresources and/or involves a local science expert (e.g., individuals from local astronomy clubs,
planetariums, universities). Instructions for completing the survey and a sample copy of the survey
have been included in kit materials.