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COVID Closure: Due to current local Covid-19 conditions, the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff building will remain closed to the public through Saturday October 17, 2020. Watch this space for updates.

Holiday Closure: Alaska Day:

  • Alaska State Library, Archives, & Museum in Juneau will be closed on Monday, Oct. 19.
  • Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

NASA@ the Alaska State Library: Home

Introduction

March 12, 2020 - Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Alaska State Library is suspending circulation of our NASA STEM Kits. We encourage you to consider some of the remote activities listed in the "Cloudy? Midnight Sun? No Problem!" section of our guide. 

For additional information and current advice about COVID-19, please see the State of Alaska COVID-19 page from our Department of Health and Social Services. 

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The Alaska State Library has been chosen to be a phase two State Library Agency partner for NASA@ My Library for the 2019 Calendar Year. This grant will enable our library to:

  • Support other libraries in space-themed Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Activities through circulating STEM kits and coordinating lectures and other programming.
  • Provide NASA and space themed STEM activities directly to our audiences.
  • Increase our knowledge and confidence in promoting earth and space science programming.

A separate but related grant will enable us to hold an in-person, train the trainer workshop in STEM activities back at their home institution. Julie Niederhauser is our point person for the workshop.

This guide features resources and updates for the main NASA@ My Library grant and the separate but related training workshop. 

STEM Kit lending to libraries and museums

As part of our work with NASA@ My Library, we have three Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) kits available for lending to libraries wishing to use these kits in programming. They will circulate for 21 days to allow time for the kits to arrive at the library, have the program and return the kit back to us.  We won't charge postage to mail out the kits and will reimburse you for shipping the kits back to us. 

Kit 1 (Three copies)

Sun-Earth-Moon Connection

This kit contains a facilitation guide and items to do the following activities:

In addition it has these additional items:

See kit materials list for details about activity items.

Kit 2 (Three copies)

Be a NASA Detective - Expanding Your Senses

This kit contains a facilitation guide and items to do the following activities:

In addition, this kit features the following books:

 

NASA and related links and resources

Alaska Partners

The organizations listed below are working with us to bring space-based STEM activities to public libraries in Alaska. If you'd like to collaborate with us in hosting events or other activities, drop Daniel a line at daniel.cornwall@alaska.gov. 

Astronomy Tools

Cloudy? Midnight Sun? No Problem!

Parts of Alaska are cloudy all year round. Some parts of Alaska stay too light in summer to observe the night sky. Here are some space themed activities that you and your patrons can participate in no matter the sky conditions. 

Primary project contact

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Daniel Cornwall
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907-465-6332
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State Library Contacts

  • For the general NASA@ My Library project, the primary contact is Daniel Cornwall, Internet and Technology Consultant. His e-mail is daniel.cornwall@alaska.gov and his phone is 907-465-6332.

Funder credit

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Logos of funding partners