Local libraries to enlighten visitors about solar eclipse

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Carroll and Madison Library System (CAMALS) will be partnering with the NASA@My Library program to teach visitors about the upcoming solar eclipse.

The libraries of Carroll and Madison counties will be celebrating the sun with a fascinating astronomy event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, in the Berryville Community Center (BCC) at 104 Spring St. in preparation for the All-American Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

Solar system ambassador Jeff Reddekopp will talk about the science of the sun and eclipses and help those in attendance appreciate and better understand its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. All ages are welcome.

CAMALS is one of 75 public libraries in the nation and the only location in Arkansas to be part of the NASA@My Library initiative to engage public audiences in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. As a Nasa@My Library partner, CAMALS is offering free programs and activities for various age groups that explore NASA science and technology.

The programs will be held between May 2017 and October 2018. More information will be available in the coming months on the Carroll and Madison Library System page on Facebook.

As part of the grant, CAMALS has received materials, training and financial support to host programs and activities for various age groups. The organization’s goal is to create compelling learning experiences for the community and share the story, science and adventure of NASA’s scientific explorations of planet Earth, the solar system and the universe beyond.

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. Collaborators include International Observe the Moon Night team members based at the Planetary Science Institute, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Wyle Labs and NASA’s Ames Research Center.

Funding comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

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