Resources for Libraries

Written by Andrew Clark, IGES

June marks the astronomical start of summer in the northern hemisphere with the passage of the summer solstice on June 20. 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 Orlando, June 23-28, 2016, for some out-of-this-world science storytelling and resources for learners of all ages.

Visit NASA at exhibitor booth #1961 for a free booklet of NASA science resources for conference attendees. The booklet highlights numerous books, websites and sources of current science and data. Follow @NASAWavelength social media on Facebook and Twitter, where we’ll be posting about NASA at ALA 2016.

Also at ALA 2016, the Space Science Institute (SSI) will have an exhibit and sessions where libraries can learn how to participate in the STAR_Net community of practice and NASA @ My Library - a national Earth and space science initiative that connects NASA, public libraries and their communities. And it's not too early to start planning your library's community event for the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Not attending ALA? 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.