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Story Time from Space: Videos as a Resource Any Time

By Latest News

The Global Space Education Foundation Experience project, Story Time from Space, sends great story time books into space that are then read by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS)!  These experiences are captured on videos and produced with a split screen that include a close-up view of the book so that those watching can easily see the page of the book being read as well as the astronaut.  Some pages are even animated. A number of videos are available to watch anytime on the Story Time from Space website.

The most recent book read available is A Moon of My Own by Jennifer Rustgi , illustrated by Ashley White, and read by Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor .

The recent SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-17, a ISS resupply mission that launched in early May, had on board Astronaut Annie by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Nicole Tadgell. Keep an eye out for its reading on the Story Time from Space website. In the book, Annie is preparing for Career Day at school and many of her family members think they know what she wants to be when she grows up. She surprises them at the Career Day presentation. This is a Tilbury House Publishers book .

Website Recommendations Fall 2016 Newsletter

By Websites of the Month

Website Recommendations

STEM For ALL Online Community

Inquiry-based learning where librarians can gain the skills for how to guide youth and adults to good science learning opportunities.


Hands on STEM

A wonderful graphic that facilitates questioning and offers ways to ask questions that help youth through the scientific process. Don’t underestimate the power behind this two page pdf. A great tool for your STEM facilitation tool box!

Topsham Public Library – CREA Community Nature Programs Lecture Series

By Library Partner News

Topsham Public Library

Last Tuesday of each month@ 6:30pm
Cathance River Education Alliance

Cathance River Education Alliance and Topsham Public Library work in partnership to present the CREA Community Nature Programs Lecture Series. These programs are FREE and open to the public, and are held at the Topsham Public Library the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. For more information, check out their website:

Smithsonian Human Origins Exhibit at the Bangor Public Library

By Library Partner News

Bangor Public Library
March – April 2017
Smithsonian Human Origins Exhibit at the Library

human-reunion-posterDeveloped in partnership with the American Library Association and made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (link is external) and support from the Peter Buck Human Origins Fund (Smithsonian), this exhibit will offer the content of the Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins to communities around the country by bringing this temporary exhibition to 19 public libraries.

Numerous community activities will occur at BPL from mid-March through mid-April including:
March 18 – Cave of Forgotten Dreams video and discussion
March 29 – Bangor Reads Your Inner Fish by Dr. Frank Bragg
Click here for more Human Origins activities in March and April at BPL













2016 Cornerstones of Science Library Partner Summit

By Cornerstones of Science News

We invite you and your fellow public librarians to this special 1-day conference in Portland.

Library Partner Summit

Our focus is on four professional development themes: Becoming a STEM facilitator, building robust STEM community partnerships, raising funds for STEM in your library, and marketing library programs. This event is held in partnership with the Maine State Library as part of an IMLS National Leadership Grant.


Location: Portland Public Library (Main Library)

Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free! With a light breakfast and lunch included. Parking and mileage reimbursed.

Register by clicking the link below and filling out a short form.

ALA Application for the NASA @ My Library Project

By In the Spotlight

NASA My Library Program

An exciting opportunity for libraries around the nation will come about at the beginning of the New Year and your library could be one of them! American Library Association (ALA) will release an application in January/February 2017 for libraries to apply to be one of 100 libraries chosen to be part of the NASA@ My Library Project, which is four-year project full of exciting events, opportunities, resources, and professional development for library staff around space and earth science and specifically includes NASA related activities and professionals.

Keep a look out for the application or contact ALA about the NASA@ My Library application and see if your library qualifies. Each library chosen will receive an assortment of space and earth science kits and support, and will focus in on helping the underserved and underrepresented parts of their communities.

NASA@ My Library is a five-year cooperative agreement between NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Sci. Ed., Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL), Cornerstones of Science, ALA, Education Development Center (EDC), and the Pacific Science Center’s Portal to the Public Network (PoPNet).


Thing Explainer

Book Recommendations Fall 2016 Newsletter

By Book Recommendations

Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe
Just the book we have been waiting for and it is even recommended by Bill Gates! Things easily explained so that the rest of us can better understand certain complicated concepts and how things work.


Hands On Standards Science Grades 4-5

Hands on Standards: Science

Photo-illustrated hands-on science activities. “Lessons move from building background knowledge to hands-on inquiry to assessment.” These fun activities can be used for out-of-school learning in the library setting. Made easy to follow and facilitate to youth in grades 4-5 (other grade levels available).