Librarians invited to learn the cultural story of our ‘Marvel Moon’ in free webinar

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/04/2014


Sarah Ostman

Communications Manager

ALA Public Programs Office

CHICAGO — The ALA Public Programs Office (PPO) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invite library professionals to attend a free online learning opportunity demonstrating hands-on activities to engage young audiences in space science.  Entitled “Marvel Moon,” the online session will acquaint library audiences with NASA's investigations into the ongoing saga that has shaped our Moon and will present the LPI’s Explore! learning module that makes these investigations fun and interactive for children and teens. 

The “Marvel Moon” webinar will take place at 2 p.m. CDT Monday, March 10, and will explore the cultural connections to the Moon and how it affects our everyday lives, inviting participants to engage the presenter, ask questions and take away an interactive module to present to youth and young adult audiences at their libraries. Registration for this webinar is required.   The webinar is the second in a two-part series, but participation in the first part is not required to join the second.

The first “Marvel Moon” webinar, held on February 24, delved into the science behind Earth’s moon, exploring its geological background through a presentation of hands-on activities. An archive of the presentation is available online for free viewing.

Both sessions are presented by Andy Shaner of the Lunar and Planetary Institute.  Shaner leads both lunar and Mars education efforts for the LPI, including the Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students program and Education/Public Outreach for the ChemCam instrument onboard NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. He also actively helps in the planning and implementation of trainings for the LPI Explore library program.

LPI, a division of the Universities Space Research Association, is an intellectual leader in lunar and planetary science. The institute serves as a scientific forum attracting world-class visiting scientists, postdoctoral fellows, students and resident experts; supports and serves the research community through newsletters, meetings and other activities; collects and disseminates planetary data while facilitating the community's access to NASA science; and educates the public about space science and invests in the development of future generations of explorers.

The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries. Successful library programming initiatives have included Let’s Talk About It reading and discussion series, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs, the Great Stories CLUB, and LIVE! @ your library. The website brings librarians valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities.