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South Dakota State Library Services

A list of services provided by the South Dakota State Library.

What is in the kits?

Sun-Earth-Moon Connections Kit- focuses on activities and experiences that better help patrons understand their place in space, and how the Sun and Moon impact our planet. 

(The South Dakota State Library will replace all consumable items within the kits.) 

Evaluation Survey (Must be completed for each kit.)

Books (all provided)

Moonbear's Shadow

Moonbear’s Shadow
by Frank Asch

 

What's in the Weather Today?

What’s in the Weather Today?
by Dr. Seuss

 

Getting a Feel for Lunar Crater

Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters
by NASA
(download text-only and audio versions for the visually impaired)

A Moon Of My Own

by Jennifer Rustgi 

Luna: The Science and Stories of Our Moon

by David Aguilar 

 

Be A NASA Detective: Expanding Your Senses Kit -focuses on activities and experiences that help patrons (and library staff!) be more comfortable using tools of science, and making predictions based on their observations.

(The South Dakota State Library will replace all consumable items within the kits.) 

Evaluation Survey (Must be completed for each kit.) 

Books (all provided)

Secrets of the Earth

Secrets of Our Earth
by Carron Brown
A shine-a-light book (flashlight included)

 

The Secret Galaxy

The Secret Galaxy
by Fran Hodgkins

Starry Skies: Learn about constellations above us 
by Samantha Chagollan 

 

Find the Constellations

Find the Constellations
by H.A. Rey

Astronomy: Cool Women in Space 

By Anita Yasuda 

 

National Geographic Kids Everything Space: Blast Off for a Universe of Photos, Facts, and Fun! 

By Helaine Becker 

Be A NASA Detective: Expanding Your Senses Kit- focuses on activities and experiences that help patrons (and library staff!) be more comfortable using tools of science, and making predictions based on their observations.

(The South Dakota State Library will replace all consumable items within the kits.)

Evaluation Survey (Must be completed for each kit.) 

Books (all provided)

Secrets of the Earth

Secrets of Our Earth
by Carron Brown
A shine-a-light book (flashlight included)

 

The Secret Galaxy

The Secret Galaxy
by Fran Hodgkins

Starry Skies: Learn about constellations above us 
by Samantha Chagollan 

 

Find the Constellations

Find the Constellations
by H.A. Rey

Astronomy: Cool Women in Space 

by Anita Yasuda 

National Geographic Kids Everything Space: Blast Off for a Universe of Photos, Facts, and Fun! 

by Helaine Becker 

 

Native American Resources Kit - Includes additional resources that meet Oceti Sakowin Essential Understanding and Standards. 

Books (all provided)

Mission To Space 
by John Herrington 

Lakota star knowledge: studies in Lakota stellar theory  
by Ronald Goodman ; edited by Alan Seeger 

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Dakota/Lakota Star map constellation guidebook: an introduction to D(L)akota Star Knowledge 
by Annette Sharon Lee, Jim Rock, Charlene O'Rourke 

Kit 2: Be a NASA Detective - Adapted for the Visually Impaired 

(The South Dakota State Library will replace all consumable items within the kits.) 

Evaluation Survey (Must be completed for each kit.) 

Books (all provided)

Secrets of the Earth

Secrets of Our Earth
by Carron Brown
A shine-a-light book (flashlight included)

  • Twin Vision (braille and print) 
  • Audio 

The Secret Galaxy

The Secret Galaxy
by Fran Hodgkins

  • Audio 

This book is Launching Soon! 

Starry Skies: Learn about constellations above us 
by Samantha Chagollan 

  • Twin Vision (Braille and Print) 

Star Boy
by Paul Goble 

  • Audio 

Understanding Small Worlds in the Solar System: A Tactile View  
by NASA

  • Braille and Tactile Graphics with Additional Large Print 

Getting a Feel for Eclipses
by NASA 

  • Braille and Tactile Graphics with Additional Large Print 

Getting a Feel for Lunar Crater

Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters
by NASA

  • Braille and Tactile Graphics with Additional Large Print 

(download text-only and audio versions for the visually impaired)

Hidden Figures 

by Margot Lee Shetterly 

  • Audio 

Questions? 

Steven Buras
Assistant State Librarian 
1-605-77-5051
steven.buras@state.sd.us

There are space experts in South Dakota just waiting to collaborate on a program with you!

Night Sky Network Astronomy Clubs (NSN) is a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing science, technology, and inspiration of NASA’s missions to the public. Search the NSN club listings to find one near you for possible collaborations!

NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) is a program of volunteers that shares the latest in NASA’s science and discoveries of their space exploration missions through events in their communities. Search the SSA Directory for volunteers in your area.

2019 Summer of Space 
This cooperative summer learning program and campaign bring space science, NASA, and STEM resources to libraries in a fun, easy, and interactive way.  Help commemorate NASA’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moonwalk with 16,000 other libraries by creating a diverse summer program to inspire children of all ages. This will be a great chance for our community to celebrate space science, with exciting hands-on multimedia activities.

By registering, public libraries not only gain access to trainings, webinars, and STEM related activities, but have chances to win various giveaways including telescopes, NASA tactile books, and books from the Luciana Vega series.  This opportunity is only available through May 2019 and these special offers are going fast!  Register today here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/universe-of-stories-registration

   Trainings

Once dates are confirmed, they will be posted and linked here.

Archived recordings, slides, and links for all STARnet webinars

Promotional Materials

Editable NASA @ My Library event flyer (download AND save before editing!)

Posters, infographics, fact sheets, and more!

Promotional Best Practices:

  • Social media tag #nasaatmylibrary
  • Library website
  • E-newsletter
  • E-publications sent to library staff and trustees with information about upcoming NASA @ My Library programming
  • Announce participation at monthly board and membership meetings

Bring Cutting Edge Science to Your Library NASA@MyLibrary Researcher Presentations

Here’s how to host a virtual visit with a South Dakota researcher that includes hands-on activities.

  1. Go to https://sd-discovery.org/Scientists/ .  Find the NASA@MyLibrary Fellows. 
  2. E-mail the scientist you wish to host.  Include your name, library, cell phone, a few date & time options (ask a month in advance) and type of audience.
  3. Once you have secured a date, do these things:
    1. Ask Scientist-
      1. “Do I need to prepare any materials prior to the program day?”
      2. “What virtual conferencing program do you use to present?” (Example: Go Meeting, Skype, DDN)
      3. “I would like to schedule a tech check and a talk through of your program so that I know what to expect and can carry-on if the technology fails us.  What date and time should we do this?” DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!
      4. “What is your cell phone #?”  You may need this if a tech glitch occurs.
    2. Schedule:  A tech person or another assistant to help you with your tech check and at your event.
  4. At least 2 weeks in advance, check out the presentation kit at https://sdsl.booksys.net/opac/sdsl/#search:ExpertSearch?ST0=Z&SortDescend=0&SF0=Nasa%20stem.  
  5. On the day of the program:
    1. Have your agenda and introduction ready.
    2. Set up your virtual conferencing program at least 1 hour before your program.
    3. Have materials ready, supplies & location prepared, and a camera positioned so your presenter can view the audience.
  6. The kits are available for a one-month checkout and will not be renewed.  Return kits on time with all materials and failure to do so could jeopardize your library’s ILL privileges. Borrowing library PAYS postage to return the kit to the SDSL attention ILL/Dustin Larmore or using the nearest courier stop if library courier stop agrees ahead of time.

NOTE:  You are the host of this program.   For the best experience, take charge, get all your questions answered.   The scientists are guests and will usually look to you to lead the way.

NASA@MyLibrary Fellows

  • Lindsay Erickson, Mathematics at Augustana University
    ACTIVITY: Dots and Lines on the Moon 
  • Anahita Haghizadeh, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at SDSMT
    ACTIVITY: A Trip to the Moon 
  • Drew Alton, Physics at Augustana University
    ACTIVITY: The Gravitational Lensing Game
  • Bhuvan Vemuri, Civil and Environmental Engineering at SDSMT
    ACTIVITY: Waste to Energy

South Dakota Discovery Center 

Questions for Discovery Center contact: 
Kristie L. Maher 
Executive Director
1-605-224-8295
kristiemaher@sd-discovery.com

 

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