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How Partnerships Can Open the Night Sky – Even During a Pandemic

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Many People Don’t Get to Know the Night Sky at All — They Never Look at It. When Cornerstones of Science decided to pilot a mid-pandemic in-person “Safe and Sane…
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Webinar Series Highlights Library Innovation and Outdoor Activities During COVID

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Many of us have struggled to find our footing during COVID-19. Others have seized the opportunity and managed to adapt and thrive. As we look to 2021, we know there…
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Distribution of “Test the Waters” Science Kit

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Test the Waters kits Test the Waters Family Exploration Kits are ready for distribution! Cornerstones of Science has been working with public libraries for over 20 years to create science…
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Cornerstones Completes Five Year Contract on NASA@ My Library Project

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Cornerstones just completed its five-year contract as a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) on the NASA@ My Library grant project funded by NASA. Partners on this exciting project include the Space Science…
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REV Up the Fun Featured at STEM EXPO

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At the recent Service Learning & Volunteering STEM EXPO 2020, held virtually in Portland, Maine, Cornerstones of Science was excited and honored to showcase its Rev Up the Fun project…
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Here’s How Librarians are Innovating and Pivoting Now

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Maybe one of the only great things about COVID-19 is that it’s requiring all of us to think anew and to adapt to new ways of working. This means that…
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Cornerstones Releases 2019-2020 Annual Report

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2019-2020 Cornerstones of Science Annual Report Now Available It is so timely to take stock of what happened in the past year and for us to make plans for the…
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Campers Enjoy the Magic of a Night Sky

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Cornerstones of Science was pleased to collaborate with a supporter of the Susan L. Curtis Foundation to bring a telescope program to Camp Susan Curtis this summer. The “Look Up”…
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Our View, From The Cornerstones Corner

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COVID-19 has changed everything about the way we work and interact, but one thing is certain, public libraries have shown enormous resiliency and ability to transform themselves in the COVID…
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Cornerstones Explores Universal Accessibility

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Lydia Collins, Participant Engagement Lead NNLM All of Us, Training and Education Center, as a co-presenter Executive Director, Cornerstones of Science Cynthia Randall along with Dr. Laura Bartlett, researcher from the…
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Cornerstones Heads up a Research Project that Gets NASA’s Attention

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Each month, the NASA@My Library project team leader (Space Science Institute) uploads slides on a specific piece of the project (called a “nugget”) to NASA. NASA then looks at each…
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New Collaboration Offers Healthy Lunches & Free STEM Activities

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Cornerstones of Science, Maine Campus Compact, and the Child Nutrition Program of the Maine Department of Education teamed up for a second year this past summer to address two fundamental…
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Safe Libraries in the COVID Era

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The American Library Association (ALA) has shared some important protocols for how to prepare your library for reopening, including a deeper understanding of how Covid-19 survives over time on specific…
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View the Night Sky with Your Binoculars

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Binoculars Give a Closeup View of the Night Sky Did you know that you don’t need a telescope to get a closer look at the stars and planets in the…
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Cleaning Your Telescope

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How to Clean Your Telescope Now is a good time to think about creating a policy for the cleaning of your library telescope to be sure it’s sanitary and not…
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Announcing: A New Website – Optimized for Librarians

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We’re excited to announce the launch of the latest librarian-optimized Cornerstones website, which features a fluid new design, extraordinary utility, and the latest news and opportunities for libraries to increase…