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Holston River Regional Library: 2019 A Universe of Stories

Libguide for the Libraries in the Holston River Region.


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In the Title of your submission include your name and your library.  
We would love to see your program ideas for all ages.  I recommend if you have a story time written up in a word document to save it as a PDF and then upload it to the Padlet. 
I hope this will be an excellent resource and by sharing your story time and event planning, every one can learn or take away something new to try at their library. 

Books for you!

Star Net Webinars

Planning a Night Sky Viewing at Your Library
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT), 3:00 p.m. (CDT), 2:00 p.m. (MDT), 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

A Night Sky Viewing is a great way to bring local science enthusiasts and library patrons together for an astronomy-based community event. Before your library launches a Night Sky Viewing or Star Party this year, there are a few things to know that can help take your event into orbit! We’ll take a look at the best practices for finding and working with an astronomy club, how to choose the right activities and promotional strategy, and other tips and tricks for keeping everyone warm, happy, and awe-inspired!

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Solar System Scale Activities for “A Universe of Stories”
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT), 3:00 p.m. (CDT), 2:00 p.m. (MDT), 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

What’s the most common thing in outer space?…it’s SPACE! Our solar system is enormous, and the size of and distance between the Sun, planets, asteroids, and comets can be difficult to comprehend. With “A Universe of Stories” right around the corner, this webinar will highlight activities that allow patrons to experience the vast distances between objects in the solar system using foods or household objects. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to facilitate these activities; in fact, they’re affordable, simple, and easy for anyone to run!

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Libraries now have access to the online SRP manual. Instructions below.

Visit to create your account and get started.

2018 Summer Reading

2019 TSLA Summer Reading Libguide




Star Net

Register Your Library and Get Notified of Valuable Resources!


If you’re interested in getting important resource notifications (and other news) for 2019’s Summer Learning Program, register your library’s participation to receive this important event newsletter.

Registration Benefits:
– A monthly newsletter curated with valuable resources and opportunities
– Automatic entry for chance to win 1 of 2 FREE Orion StarBlast Telescopes
(open to U.S. public libraries only)
– Library representation on STAR Net‘s “Summer of Space” Map (below)

Programming Resources

Other Programming Ideas

The following are free and fee-based programming options:

Night Sky Network

The Night Sky Network is a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing the science, technology, and inspiration of NASA's missions to the general public. We share our time and telescopes to provide you with unique astronomy experiences at science museums, observatories, classrooms, and under the real night sky.

NASA Museum Alliance

Connect with more than 1,900 professionals at over 1,000 U.S. and 130 international museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, Challenger Centers, observatory and park visitor centers, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, libraries, camps, and youth-service organizations who are partners in the NASA Museum Alliance.  These organizations use NASA educational products, images, visualizations, video, and information in their educational and public programs and exhibits.

NASA Speaker's Bureau

The NASA Speaker's Bureau is composed of engineers, scientists and other professionals who represent the agency as speakers at civic, professional, educational and other public venues.



NASA @ My Library STEM Kits were created through a grant awarded to the Tennessee State Library & Archives. Each of the nine regional library centers will have two kits available to circulate.

You may request a NASA @ My Library STEM Kit for use at your library during your Summer Reading program. There are two different kits available:

  1. Sun-Earth-Moon Connections – Patrons will be able to: model both lunar and solar eclipses; detect ultraviolet light; explore concepts relating to size, distance and temperature; create a scale-size model of the Solar System; and safely view the sun with Sunoculars.
  2. Be a NASA Detective: Expanding Your Senses – Patrons will be able to: model vast distances in the Solar System; create shapes of the moon’s phases; explore art as science and science as art; investigate the insides of planets; use scientific tools such as a telescope and infrared thermometer.

As part of the grant reporting, libraries who borrow the kits will be required to submit an evaluation survey before returning the kits to their regional library.

To request a kit, please fill out this form:

Make sure to request your kit no later than April 30. The regional library staff will contact you to tell you what date you may have the kit. Please remember these important notes:

  1. You will need to arrange to pick up the kit from the regional library. At pickup, you must sign paperwork indicating that you agree to return the kit in working order by the arranged return date and agree to fill out the survey found in the kit guidebook.
  2. Please repackage the kit as you found it, ensuring that all elements are included.
  3. Return the kit to the regional library on the agreed upon date so that the next library may use it.
  4. When you return the kit, please let regional library staff know what materials were used so that they can restock as needed.
  5. Please fill out the online survey as directed in the kit guidebook (you promised Kate Greene Smith you would!).

We hope you enjoy using the NASA @ My Library STEM Kits. They will be available year round for you to check out.

The following are links to additional resources and activities related to this kit:

Modeling Meaningful Eclipses

UV Kid

Sorting Games: How Big? How Far? How Hot?

Jump to Jupiter

The following are links to additional resources and activities related to this kit:

Planet Party

Pocket Solar System

Looney Lunar Phases

Art and the Cosmic Collection

Investigating the Insides

Taking the Earth's Temperature

Christine Shupla Lunar and Planetary Institute

Live Webcast Event to Celebrate NASA’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Historic Moon Landing!

What was the sequence of this incredible mission? Where on the Moon did they land? And how did they return safely to Earth?

Join us for a guided recreation of Apollo 11’s journey to see how this mission was executed by crew members and mission control in Houston.

Webcast Information
Date/Time: July 15, 2019 | 4:00pm EST – 5:00pm EST
Webcast URL:

Note: The OpenSpace YouTube page still references the Apollo 8 presentation and will be updated soon.

This live webcast is brought to you by the American Museum of Natural History and the STAR Library Network’s NASA@ My Libraryprogram.


Learn more:

Sing about Science & Math: Songs for teaching, Learning & Fun

Welcome to the "Wikipedia of science songs," covering the expanding universe of educational music since 2004! Whether you're looking for a new YouTube rap video about genomics or a decades-old song about the periodic table, you've come to the right page! For help with song searches, check out our video tutorial and/or the search tips below. Educators may also wish to read our blog post on incorporating the SAS&M database into your courses and/or our article in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (now freely available to all!).

Astronomy Picture of the Day

American Museum of Natural History

On Monday, July 15th, join us for a Live Webcast Event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission. This live webcast, brought to you by the American Museum of Natural History, will feature a guided recreation of the Apollo 11 voyage - the space-flight that landed the first two astronauts on the Moon.


Note: More info will be available in future newsletters.