EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE @ YOUR LIBRARY!
Solano County Library is one of only 3 libraries in California, and 75 nationwide to be awarded a prestigious NASA@MyLibrary grant.
This grant is designed to share the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery with our community.
Join us for a compelling learning experience and be a part of the story, science and adventure of NASA’s exploration of our solar system and the universe beyond.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
We will have programs that engage various age groups and get the chance to meet NASA scientists, engineers and educators. We will have something for everyone!
Programs will include national and international STEM/space events as well as storytimes, robotics programs, weather programs, and other STEM-related offerings. Programs will be held between May 2017 and October 2018.
Living Maya Time/Viviendo el Tiempo Maya with Astronomer Isabel Hawkins
Saturday, March 3 • 6:00 p.m. English language lecture and outdoor telescope viewing • 7:20 p.m. Spanish language lecture and outdoor telescope viewing • Solano County Events Center, 601 Texas St. Fairfield
The Maya of Mesoamerica are renowned for their precise calendars and their knowledge of astronomy. Through systematic observations conducted over thousands of years, Maya skywatchers developed complex and accurate calendars that continue to mark agricultural and ceremonial cycles today. Join Dr. Isabel Hawkins, astronomer at the Exploratorium, in an exploration of the Maya Calendar system and its intricate cycles. Hear the voices of contemporary Maya people as they weave their past and present together, and share with us their living traditions of Maya time.
Isabel Hawkins is a bilingual and bicultural native of Córdoba, Argentina. Dr. Hawkins received her Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1986. She worked for 20 years at the University of California at Berkeley as a Research Astronomer and Senior Fellow on several NASA satellite projects, and as the Director of Science Education at the Space Sciences Laboratory. Currently, she is Astronomer & Project Director at the San Francisco Exploratorium, and Faculty of the Indigenous Education Institute, Friday Harbor, WA. In 2005, she hosted a live webcast from Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, México, during the March Equinox, and was executive producer of the award winning book for the general public, and website, titled Traditions of the Sun, on the astronomy at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico and at several Maya archaeological sites in the Yucatán. She worked with Maya curators to develop the website “Living Maya Time – Viviendo el tiempo maya” website for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Her work focuses on broadening access to science and enhancing participation by all communities through the appreciation of the cultural roots of science.
News Report from the Moon!
Wednesday, March 7 • 3:30 p.m. • Rio Vista Library
Mini hover Crafts: make a hover craft from balloons and CD's
Tuesday, March 13 • 4 p.m. -5:00 p.m. • Suisun City Library
LittleBits are great for all tinkerers. Join with other middle and high school age kids and snap your ideas to life. No soldering, no wiring, no programming needed.
Catapults! for Afternoon Adventures
Tuesday, March 13 • 4:00 p.m. • Vacaville Cultural Center
Design and build your own catapult! Afternoon Adventures is after-school fun for school-aged children.
Fairy Tale Science for Afternoon Adventures
Wednesday, March 14 • 3:00 p.m. • Fairfield Cordelia Library
Fairy Tale Science! Hands-on STEM as kids explore how to engineer a bridge, a house, and other structures from familiar tales. Suggested for ages six and older.
LittleBits for Teens
Wednesday, March 21 • 4 p.m. • Vacaville Cultural Center
LittleBits are great for all tinkerers. No soldering, no wiring, no programming needed. Suggested for ages eight and older
Virtual Reality Drop-In Sessions
March 15, 20, 22, 27 • 4:00 p.m. • Springstowne Library, Vallejo
Have you wanted to try walking through the International Space Station or walk around the Minecraft world? Our new Oculus Rift virtual reality simulator will be available for customers ages 13 and up.
Art and the Cosmic Connection
Saturday, April 14 • 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. • Suisun City Library
At this program you will examine beautiful NASA images of different planets and use pastels to draw the geological features. Learn elements of art to analyze images from space with help from local teen artists.
NASA@ My Library is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science and the Education Development Center. Funding comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate via cooperative agreement No. NNX16AE30A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed by NASA@ My Library do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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