Apply Now for a Free Moon Viewing Kit

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is pleased to invite public and school libraries to apply for a free Moon viewing kit! To qualify for a kit, applicants must commit to hosting an International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) event on Saturday, October 8, 2011. In addition, each successful applicant must commit to fulfilling reporting requirements.

New for July at EDSITEment

It’s July, summer is in full swing, and EDSITEment celebrates American leisure as well as remembers the Battle of Bull Run on its 150th anniversary and looks at worlds of Shakespeare and Beatrix Potter.

New for June at EDSITEment

Summer is upon us! It’s a good time to catch up on your reading or do some traveling (even if it’s only a virtual roadtrip). This month, EDSITEment offers new and refreshed features and lessons as well as links to useful NEH-funded websites.

Encouraging Young Authors

I’m fortunate to have grown up in a state that offers a book writing and illustrating contest for elementary students, the Illinois Young Author Program. I have fond memories of creating my own little book (about a girl and her horse), so I was thrilled to see that Glenwood Intermediate School (GIS) in Chatham, Illinois, took their Young Author Program a step further by partnering with local Chatham Area Public Library (CAPL).

Share Your STEM Program Experiences

The American Library Association Public Programs Office is collaborating with the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at Space Science Institute (SSI), Boulder, Colorado, the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), and the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) on a series of science exhibits and programs in libraries. To help develop these exhibits and programs, the participating institutions have created the STAR_Net project (Science-Technology Activities and Resources Library Education Network).

Science That’s Fun (and Messy!)

The Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride, Colorado, is launching its “No School Science Project” for children tomorrow. Partnering with the Pinhead Institute, the library developed this series of after-school programs to inspire students in grades three to six to learn about science. The four sessions include:

Smart Cookies

Kids making cookies at Kasson Public Library

Some co-workers and I were talking about our favorite cookie recipes earlier this week, and discussed setting up a cookie swap for the holidays. It should come as no surprise to you, however, that libraries are way ahead of us. And why not? Cookie swaps are a great way to bring people into your library while having them do most of the work.


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