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Cornerstones to Host Safe and Sane Star Party

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Cornerstones of Science will be hosting our first Safe and Sane Star Party on October 23! Thanks to the generous support of Southern Maine Astronomers, Orion Telescopes and Binoculars, and…
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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…
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Cornerstones Receives Grant to “Test The Waters”

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The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program to highlight citizen science and to increase involvement…
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Preparing for Earth Day and Citizen Science Month: April 2020

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Have you started planning in your community for Earth Day? April 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and Citizen Science Month. Find some great resources at StarNet Libraries…

How a Telescope Propels Hands-On Learning

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Kyle Neugebauer and Janie Downey Maxwell of Thomas Memorial Library show off the Cornerstones of Science telescope and night sky binocular kit. In the first year, the library has already…

How One Library Used Science to Tackle a Massively Controversial Topic at Home

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When Cornerstones of Science challenged the Nevins Memorial Library to identify a real-life problem it could solve within its own community, the library staff didn’t waste any time. “We were…