Normal Public Library receives a grant from NASA.

NORMAL IL - The Normal Public Library is reaching for the stars thanks to a new grant from NASA @ My Library.

According to our news partner, WJBC, the grant will provide the library with new resources, training, and a stipend. The library will be able to increase the number of programs surrounding NASA, such as exploration and adventure, as well as gaining insight into the universe around us. Children's Outreach Librarian Randi Sutter said the grant has helped the library continue a number of programs already in place.

Randi Sutter explained "NASA's goal and ALA's goal is to increase STEM programming in communities, We had offered a STEM club we started last summer, continued in the spring and we're continuing this summer."

In preparation for the solar eclipse happening on August 21, the library will also be holding a special event for children to learn about the eclipse. Sutter said a presentation is planned for July 17 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., where an expert from the Challenger Learning Center will help kids understand the eclipse.

"It's going to be all about the solar eclipse - so what is a solar eclipse, how do we prepare for a solar eclipse," said Sutter. "The library received a grant of 1000 solar eclipse glasses, so we'll be giving those away for free at that program too."

The library is one of seventy-five libraries to receive the grant - over five hundred libraries initially applied.


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