Resources for Libraries

Written by Andrew Clark and Theresa Schwerin, IGES

June marks the astronomical start of summer in the northern hemisphere with the passage of the summer solstice. It is also the time of the annual American Library Association (ALA) conference – one of the largest gatherings of innovators and thought leaders in the library field. Join NASA scientists and educators at the ALA conference in Chicago, June 22-27, 2017, for some out-of-this-world science storytelling and resources for learners of all ages.

But you don't have to wait until June to learn about NASA science resources for libraries.

NASA@ My Library is a national Earth and space science initiative that connects NASA, public libraries and their communities. Join libraries across the country that are planning community events for the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, using the NASA@ My Library Eclipse Resource Center that includes images, videos, animations, posters, artwork and a variety of outside resources such as FAQs and science activities related to Sun-Earth connections. Other NASA@ My Library event resource pages include celebrating Earth Day 2017 and beyond using NASA's GLOBE Observer citizen science project and International Observe the Moon Night on October 28, 2017.

NASA Science Resources is a booklet that highlights numerous books, websites and sources of current science and data that will be of interest to libraries.

Check out these NASA Wavelength resources that can support library programming throughout the year:

Science books for readers of all ages, including: Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum, What's Up in the Atmosphere? Exploring Colors in the Sky, and Think Scientifically.
Websites and apps for the latest science data visualizations, images, and content related to our Sun, Earth, Solar System and Universe
Reading strategies In line with libraries’ mission to improve year-round and life-long learning, take a look at our previously published English Language Arts Blogs for more reading resources and helpful tips on improving reading comprehension.
STEM learning resources for educators of all levels from K-12 and informal and higher education. Search the collection using the keywords “Libraries” or "Reading” and be sure to also check out collections of activities in Wavelength such as DIY Sun Science and the "Explore!" series - NASA activities for children designed specifically for use in libraries and other out-of-school settings, including Explore! To the Moon and Beyond or Explore! Jupiter's Family Secrets.