NASA @ My Library

About NASA @ My Library

NASA @ My Library is a STEM education project and initiative to increase and enhance STEAM learning opportunities to library customers of all ages.  From December 2021 to May 2022, there will be several NASA and STEM programs happening at our libraries.   We are also hosting an online reading program for NASA @ My Library with activities, badges, and recommended reading lists.  

Here are some fun activities to jump start your learning:

  • Read a book about astronomy 
  • Watch a meteor shower 
  • Look up date for James Webb Space Telescope’s launch and put it on your calendar.
  • Watch the livestream, read @NASA’s tweets, or look photos of the event in the news! 
  • Look up date for James Webb Space Telescope’s first images and put it on your calendar 
  • Read about different astronauts and pick your favorite. 
  • Draw a picture of your favorite planet, moon, asteroid, nebula, or other celestial body. 
  • Look for the moon in the night sky tonight. What phase is it in? 
  • Download and print the JWST coloring page or the Webb Telescope Fun Pad and do an activity

 

Join the Online Beanstack Challenge

 


NASA @ My Library is offered 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, Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and Education Development Center (EDC). This material is based upon work supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under cooperative agreement No. NNX16AE30A. This work was also assisted and supported by the Space Science Institute, which was the recipient of the cooperative agreement. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA or the Space Science Institute. 

 

Design Your Own Spiral Galaxy!

Where are you? If you were to make a map of your location, what would you put on your map?You’re in a state, which is in a country, which is on a planet.

But keep going! Your planet (Earth) is in a solar system, which is inside a galaxy called the Milky Way—just one of the trillions of galaxies in the universe. It’s amazing to think about how massive the universe is!

Now you can hold a little part of our big universe in your hands by making your own version of a spiral galaxy called the Pinwheel Galaxy.

 

 

Supplies Needed:

 

Instructions

  1. Print out the Pinwheel Galaxy Printout and cut out the hexagonal shape for your Galaxy Pinwheel.
  2. Cut along the dotted white lines.
  3. Punch holes in the white circles: six around the edges and one in the center.
  4. Turn the paper so it’s facedown.
  5. Thread a chenille stem through the center hole. Be careful in case there are sharp edges.
  6. Going around the circle, fold each flap so the chenille stem goes through each hole.
  7. Tie a knot in the chenille stem at the front of the pinwheel.
  8. Wrap the other end of the chenille stem around the stick. Leave space between the pinwheel and the stick.

 

Upcoming Library Events

Tweens & Teens Take and Make Kit: Mini Disco Balls

1/18 @ 9:00am
to
1/30 @ 6:00pm
Southern Oaks Library
Registration
Library Branch: Southern Oaks Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Southern Oaks)
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Science & STEAM, Take Home Kit
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 16
Event Description:
Create your own miniature disco ball! Each kit will include directions and everything you need....

Disclaimer(s)

Warning: Kit contains small parts that could represent a choking hazard. It is not intended for children under 3. It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Bag.

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

Make a Pinwheel Galaxy PINWHEEL Take Home Kit (NASA @ Your Library)

1/18 @ 1:00pm
to
1/31 @ 5:00pm
Midwest City Library
Library Branch: Midwest City Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Midwest City)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Science & STEAM
Event Description:
The Pinwheel Galaxy is a spiral-shaped galaxy about 21 million light years away from Earth. Scientists call this swirling galaxy M101. You can find it in the constellation Ursa Major, or the "Big Dipper," in the Northern Hemisphere. With a nice, dark...

Disclaimer(s)

We can only guarantee one kit per household and per registration (if required).

Mission to Space Board Game Take-Home Kit

All Day1/24 - 1/30
Ralph Ellison Library
Registration
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Kids, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Family Programs, Games & Gaming, Science & STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 18
Event Description:
In celebration of the launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, you will get a chance to experience the teamwork, research, and planning it takes to make a successful NASA mission to space. Players will represent a team of scientists and engineers...

Disclaimer(s)

Warning: Kit contains small parts that could represent a choking hazard. It is not intended for children under 3. It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Bag.

We can only guarantee one kit per household and per registration (if required).

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.

Take Home Kit: NASA Pinwheel Galaxy Kit

All Day1/24 - 2/4
Warr Acres Library
Library Branch: Warr Acres Library
Room: Online+ Curbside (Warr Acres)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Science & STEAM, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
The Pinwheel Galaxy is a spiral-shaped galaxy about 21 million light years away from Earth. Scientists call this swirling galaxy M101. You can find it in the constellation Ursa Major, or the "Big Dipper," in the Northern Hemisphere. With a nice, dar...

Make a Pinwheel Galaxy PINWHEEL Take Home Kit (NASA @ Your Library)

1/24 @ 9:00am
to
1/31 @ 9:00pm
The Village Library
Library Branch: The Village Library
Room: Children's Area (Village)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Science & STEAM
Event Description:
The Pinwheel Galaxy is a spiral-shaped galaxy about 21 million light years away from Earth. Scientists call this swirling galaxy M101. You can find it in the constellation Ursa Major, or the "Big Dipper," in the Northern Hemisphere. With a nice, dar...

Disclaimer(s)

We can only guarantee one kit per household and per registration (if required).

Science Museum Oklahoma: So You Want to Launch a Telescope?

January 29, 2022
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Warr Acres Library
Registration
Library Branch: Warr Acres Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Warr Acres)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Science & STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 25
Event Description:
Please register each child who will be participating. Parents and younger siblings do not need to register.  The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in December has us very excited about what we may learn about our universe. We will have...

 

Upcoming Space & NASA Events