Celebrating the sun, moon and life here on Earth, Elkhart Public Library is ready to kick off its partnership with NASA @ My Library.
One of just 75 libraries nationwide chosen for the program, Elkhart was selected for its commitment to STEAM education – science, technology, engineering, arts and math. ETHOS Science Center and Elkhart Community Schools will be partners in the programming, which will start this summer and continue through at least October 2018.
“NASA @ My Library is an excellent opportunity for our Library to continue meeting two core goals: early literacy and lifelong learning,” said Allison McLean, who will administer grant activities as the head of Young People’s Services at Elkhart Public Library. “The grant gives us even more opportunities to get our community and our kids dreaming big about the world – and universe – in which they live.”
The first push will be for this summer’s solar eclipse. The Library will offer educational programs and distribute 1,000 pairs of glasses for safe solar viewing before the Aug. 21 celestial event, which will be celebrated in downtown’s Central Park. In the fall, the focus will shift to studying the moon, along with space travel and hands-on science at home.
Dates and times for all of the upcoming programs related to NASA @ My Library:
* Wednesday, July 12 – Eclipse 101: See the Star (6 p.m.), a program for adults to learn about the eclipse and receive viewing glasses.
* Monday, Aug. 7 – Eclipse 101 for Kids: See the Star (4:30 p.m.), with activities for kids ages 5 and up.
* Monday, Aug. 21 – Solar Eclipse Viewing Party all afternoon in downtown’s Central Park
* Monday, Oct. 2 – Family Moon Night (6 p.m.), featuring displays of moon rocks and a spacesuit by ETHOS
All events are free. Aside from the community eclipse viewing, all programs will take placed at the downtown location, 300 S. Second St., Elkhart. Program attendance is required to receive the solar viewing glasses.
Additionally, kids ages 9 to 13 can take part in “Space Labs” at each of the five Elkhart Public Library locations. These activities, taking place September through December, will be focused on the sun and moon and how each impacts life on Earth.
The NASA @ My Library project is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Partners include the American Library Association, Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center. NASA @ My Library is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science Mission Directorate, part of its STEM Activation program.
For complete information on Elkhart Public Library’s events, visit MyEPL.org.