Love County Library and Parker Memorial Library selected for national NASA@ My Library STEAM programming initiative

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Love County Library in Marietta and Parker Memorial Library in Sulphur have been selected through a competitive application process to be part of NASA@ My Library, an education initiative created to increase and enhance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underrepresented in STEAM education.

“Love County Library and Parker Memorial Library are two of just 60 libraries nationwide to be part of this initiative, and we’re thrilled they have been selected,” said Gail Oehler, Executive Director. “We look forward to introducing STEAM concepts to our younger patrons and exploring the universe together with people of all ages during our public programs in 2021 and 2022.”

As a NASA@ My Library Partner, Love County Library and Parker Memorial Library will hold public programs that explore NASA science and technology, specifically around NASA’s newest next-generation telescope launch (fall 2021), the first telescope images (spring 2022), and as part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (summer 2022). More information, including a program schedule, will be available in the coming months at www.southernoklibrarysystem.org.

Approximately 150 libraries applied to be part of the program.

As part of this initiative, Love County Library and Parker Memorial Library will receive training and resources to implement NASA events and programming, access to a university Subject Matter Expert (SME) to support patron engagement, and $1,600 for programming expenses.

These resources, along with support by the NASA@ My Library team, will enable Love County Library and Parker Memorial Library to conduct excellent NASA STEAM programming and activities. NASA@ My Library will create compelling learning experiences for Love County Library and Parker Memorial Library communities and share the story, science and adventure of NASA’s scientific explorations of planet Earth, our solar system and the universe beyond.

NASA@ My Library is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the 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.

For more information, call the Love County Library at (580) 276-3783 or Parker Memorial Library at (580) 634-2315. You can visit Love County Library at 500 South Hwy. 77 in Marietta or Parker Memorial Library at 500 West Broadway in Sulphur. The Love County Library and Parker Memorial Library are branches of the Southern Oklahoma Library System.

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