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Explore the Universe at 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.

Upcoming Events

The First “A” in NASA
Thursday, June 17 • 4:30 p.m. • YouTube

Join Solar System Ambassador Mark Guillette in an interview and discussion with April Lanotte, Lead for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Live chat will be enabled so you may join in the conversation! Log in five minutes before the start time and look for the live event HERE

Born and raised in Mars, PA, April Lanotte has been working with NASA in a variety of capacities since 2011. She currently supports NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. In addition, she is the Director of Education at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, CO. An educator for over twenty years, April works on making aerospace science more accessible to teachers and students. Current projects include working on education activities that focus on sUAVs (drones) and upcoming space technologies.

April holds a Master of Science in Space Science Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a Master of Arts in English Literature with a Nonfiction Science Writing emphasis from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

With graduate degrees in both Space Science Education and in English, April has contributed a STEM Literacy chapter to Best Practices in STEM Education: Innovative Approaches from Einstein Fellow Alumni, which was released in the fall of 2018. Other published aeronautics projects include small unmanned aerial vehicle lessons and activities, an activity guide that focuses on Earth’s atmosphere and human survival at high altitudes, development of AOPA’s high school aviation curriculum, and lessons that support ShareSpace Foundation’s Giant Moon Map. She has also contributed science content to Challenger Center for Space Science and Disney’s Youth Experiences in Science.

Vector Inspectors Take and Make
Thursday, June 24 • 3:00 p.m. • Zoom

Crowd source a Citizen Science project sponsored by NASA!

This month is all about mosquitos – Learn how to build a mosquito trap, share what you found in your trap, and see what scientists around the world are learning from the information we are all sharing with the GLOBE Observer app, sponsored by NASA.

Register HERE

Vector Inspector Take and Make Craft Instructions (ENGLISH)

Vector Inspector Take and Make Craft Instructions (SPANISH)

Live Virtual Tour of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Tuesday, July 20 • 10:10 a.m. • YouTube

Ever wondered what it is like to visit NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California but have been unable to go in person?  Here is your opportunity to do so!  Log on to take a free, live, guided tour of the facility.  Take part in a YouTube Live event with an interactive live chat feature.  Q and A will be available throughout the presentation

Log in five minutes before the start time and look for the live event HERE


NASA’s New Moon & Mars Rocket: The Space Launch System
Sunday, August 22 • 4:00 p.m. • YouTube

Log on to participate in an interview and discussion with former NASA contractor and engineer Leslie Day.  Take part in a YouTube Live event with an interactive live chat feature.  Q and A will be available throughout the presentation.  

Log in five minutes before the start time and look for the live event HERE

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.

Photo by NASA on Unsplash

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