Evanston Public Library has been selected through a competitive application process to be part of NASA@ My Library, an initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. In spring 2017, more than 500 libraries applied to participate.

“Evanston Public Library is one of just 75 public libraries nationwide to be part of this initiative, and we’re thrilled to have been selected,” said Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons. “We look forward to exploring the universe with our patrons of all ages.”

“Libraries are essentially ‘learning laboratories’,” said Kristen Erickson, director for science engagement and partnerships in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “Providing additional tools and resources enables a broader impact for communities, and we’re pleased to connect with libraries across the country to share our science.”

As a NASA@ My Library Partner, Evanston Public Library will hold public programs for various age groups that explore NASA science and technology. The programs will be held between August 2017 and October 2018. More information, including a program schedule, will be available in the coming months at epl.org

 Evanston Public Library will receive the following benefits as part of the project:

 ·         Two NASA STEM Facilitation Kits (total value: $750) designed for use in hands-on STEM programming; the kits will include STEM tools and hands-on activities based on the following themes: “Sun-Earth-Moon Connections” and “Expanding Your Senses”

·         An 8-inch tablet computer, pre-loaded with apps, educational games and visualizations relevant to the kit materials

·         A $500 grant to cover the cost of programming

·         Inclusion in a two-day NASA workshop in Denver in February 2018, with an $800 stipend to cover travel costs

·         Additional training and networking opportunities

Evanston Public Library will use NASA@ My Library resources to create compelling learning experiences for our community and share the story, science and adventure of NASA’s scientific explorations of planet Earth, our solar system and the universe beyond. Programs include the 2017 solar eclipse as well as storytimes, maker clubs, and other STEM-related offerings.

NASA@ My Library 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. Funding comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.