Sekula Memorial Library selected for national NASA@ My Library Bilingual Eclipse Opportunities
Solar eclipse viewing party to be held Saturday at Sekula Library
Edinburg, TX ─ The Sekula Memorial Library has been selected through a competitive application process to participate in NASA@ My Library, an educational initiative created to increase and enhance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas with high Latino populations.
“Sekula Memorial Library is one of just 49 libraries nationwide to be part of this initiative, and we’re thrilled to have been selected,” said Letty Leija, Director of Library & Cultural Arts. “We are so excited to bring solar science to our community celebrating the 2023 Annular and 2024 Total Solar Eclipses.”
As a NASA@ My Library Partner, the Sekula Memorial Library received a kit in both English and Spanish that contains items such as a 4.5” Dobsonian telescope with solar observing add-on, two Sunspotters, the Moon Bear Shadow activity, and more.
Project Director Anne Holland notes that “the group of libraries participating in this program really embodies the changes we’ve been seeing over the past two decades in the library field. Programs for diverse patrons, opportunities for teen engagement, and making cutting-edge science relevant for their patrons are just some of the ways this group stands out.”
These resources, along with support by the NASA@ My Library team, enable library staff to conduct cutting-edge NASA STEAM programming and activities. NASA@ My Library will create compelling learning experiences for the library’s community 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 at the Space Science Institute in partnership with the ALA Public Programs Office, Lunar and Planetary Institute and Education Development Center.
Join the library on Saturday, October 14, from 10 to 12:30 to enjoy the Solar Eclipse and fun activities for children. Free glasses will be distributed while supplies last.