Through the NASA@ My Library project, NASA and the public library community are working together to enhance the STEM literacy (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) of library patrons throughout the nation. SJCPLS was one of 70 public libraries selected to collaborate with NASA in this program. As a result, your local libraries offer a variety of STEM-related programs to patrons of all ages. Check our Calendar of Events for STEM programming at your local library.
Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? How about stargazing? You don’t have a telescope or binoculars at home? No problem. Your local library can help you with that, too! The Bartram Trail Library and our Bookmobile-Extension Services Dept. have Orion StarBlast 4.5 tabletop telescopes and Celestron SkyMaster 20/80 binoculars available to the public. These are great tools for beginning astronomers! Craters on the moon are easy to see in detail and require little prior knowledge to be able to see clearly and brightly. Certain constellations of stars are also easy to spot. There are also NASA Space Explorer Backpacks for the kids. Library contact information is available on our website.
Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, NASA is giving the public an opportunity to send their names — stenciled on chips — to the Red Planet with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. The rover is scheduled to launch as early as July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021. The opportunity to send your name to Mars comes with a souvenir boarding pass and “frequent flyer” points. From now until September 30, you can add your name to the list and obtain a souvenir boarding pass to Mars here: https://go.nasa.gov/Mars2020Pass.
With six branch locations throughout St. Johns County and two travelling bookmobiles, you are sure to find STEM-related programming at a library near you.
Library System Director, Debra Rhodes Gibson