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Crete selected for national NASA@ My Library bilingual eclipse opportunities

Crete Public Library selected for NASA@MyLibrary programming.

Crete Public Library was selected through a competitive application process to participate in NASA@ My Library, an education initiative created to increase and enhance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas with high Latinx populations. Selected libraries will receive bilingual (Spanish/English) solar science kits that include a telescope, hands-on activities, and culturally relevant resources; access to NASA subject matter experts for programs; and multiple opportunities for training and support. 

Crete is one of just 49 libraries nationwide and the only one in Nebraska to be part of this initiative, and we are thrilled to have been selected," Joy Stevenson, Library Director said. “We are so excited to bring solar science to our community celebrating the 2023 Annular and 2024 Total Solar Eclipses.”

As a NASA@ My Library Partner, Crete will receive a kit in both English and Spanish that contains items such as a Dobsonian telescope with solar observing add-on, two Sunspotters, the Moon Bear Shadow activity and more. 

Project Director Anne Holland notes “the group of libraries participating in this program really embodies the changes we have been seeing over the past two decades in the library field. Programs for diverse patrons, opportunities for teen engagement, and making cutting-edge science relevant for their patrons are just some of the ways this group stands out.”

These resources, along with support by the NASA@ My Library team, will enable Crete to conduct cutting-edge NASA STEAM programming and activities. NASA@ My Library will create compelling learning experiences for Crete’s community and share the story, science and adventure of NASA’s scientific explorations of planet Earth, our solar system and the universe beyond.

NASA@ My Library is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the ALA Public Programs Office, and Education Development Center (EDC). This material is based upon work supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under cooperative agreement No. NNX16AE30A. This work was also assisted and supported by the Space Science Institute, which was the recipient of the cooperative agreement. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA or the Space Science Institute.