For immediate release | October 21, 2011

ALA announces 10 public libraries to host “Discover Earth” interactive traveling exhibition

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at Space Science Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project, announced that 10 public libraries will host an interactive traveling exhibition called Discover Earth: A Century of Change.

Discover Earth is made possible through the support of the National Science Foundation. The exhibition and its educational support materials and outreach opportunities are part of the STAR (Science-Technology Activities and Resources) Library Education Network (STAR_Net), a hands-on learning program for libraries and their communities.

The libraries selected to host Discover Earth: A Century of Change (listed in alphabetical order by state) are:

  1. Inglewood Public Library, Inglewood, Calif
  2. Garfield County Public Library, Rifle, Colo.
  3. West Florida Public Library System, Pensacola, Fla.
  4. St. Charles Parish Library, Luling, La.
  5. Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago, Neb.
  6. East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, N.Y.
  7. Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, Pa.
  8. TLL Temple Memorial Library, Diboll, Texas
  9. Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Va.
  10. Laramie County Library System, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Discover Earth will tour from January 2012 to December 2013, visiting each of the 10 selected sites for a period of eight weeks. Each site will receive a grant of $1,000 to support public programs related to the exhibition and join a national Community of Practice (CoP), accessible at For more information about Discover Earth, STAR_Net and the CoP, visit

The Discover Earth exhibition will focus on local earth science topics—such as weather, water cycle and ecosystem changes—as well as a global view of our changing planet. The primary message of the exhibition is that the global environment changes – and is changed by – the local environment of all exhibition hosts’ communities. Interactive, multimedia displays will allow exhibit visitors to interact with digital information in a dynamic way, encouraging new perspectives on our planet.

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, LIVE! @ your library and more. Recently, the ALA Public Programs Office developed, an online resource center bringing librarians timely and valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities. For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visit

The National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute is dedicated to developing and implementing world-class projects and programs that improve formal and informal STEM education and the evaluation/research foundation on which they are based. For more information about the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute, visit

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is a research institute that provides support services to NASA and the planetary science community, and conducts planetary science research under the leadership of staff scientists, visiting researchers, and postdoctoral fellows. For more information about the Lunar and Planetary Institute, visit

The vision of the National Girls Collaborative Project is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). For more information about the National Girls Collaborative Project, visit


Angela Thullen