Astro4Girls and their Families

The Ridgefield Library has been chosen as one of just nine libraries
nationwide to participate in this exciting program! Astro4Girls and Their
Families is a pilot collaboration among NASA-funded Astrophysics education
and public outreach programs and the American Library Association Public Programs Office to empower women's success, especially in science. Working with our NASA "Buddy," Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, which operates the MicroObservatory Online Telescope Network, the Library will host Observing With NASA: Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Astrophotography in March 2012 to coincide with Women's History Month. Join us to explore the universe! Read more.

Contact: Children's Services 203-438-2282 x12002

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Programs  & Events

Heidi Hammel

Understanding Astronomy

Join us in the Dayton Program Room on Saturday, March 3rd from 3:00 -5:00 PM as Dr. Heidi Hammel, Executive Vice President of AURA, Inc., a consortium of educational and non-profit institutions that operates world-class astronomical observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Observatory, helps us kick off our Astro4Girls and their Families Program.  Dr. Hammel will be leading us through a lively and interactive discussion on the study of astronomy and the telescopes that help us better understand our Universe. She will be joined by Ridgefield High School astronomy teacher, J.R. Condosta.

Registration is required in the Children's Department.



NASAbuddiesAstrophotography Workshop

Take pictures of the universe! Saturday, March 10th from 3:00-5:00 PM we'll be hosting a hands-on astronomy workshop in the Dayton Program Room. Having been guided by our NASA "Buddies" Erin Braswelll and Mary Dussault from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Library staff will teach participants how to control their OWN telescopes using their MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network. Adrian Price-Whelan, a graduate student in Columbia University's Department of Astronomy, will join us as well.

For those in grades 5-8 and their families. Registration is required.



To Infinity & Beyond: Images of the Universe Exhibit April  2012

Stop in to the Library this April to view the exhibit To Infinity & Beyond: Images of the Universe, taken by our own Ridgefield middle-grade astrophotographers.  If you can't make it to the library, you can view some of their Astro Images on our blog. 

Library Materials

Circulating materials can be found in Children's Services. Fiction titles are shelved alphabetically by author's last name. Non-fiction science-related materials are shelved in the J500s. As always, we are here to help!

Online Resources

Recommended Websites:

Night Sky Network

Mission: Science

Space Science Education Resource Directory

Women's History Month (Library of Congress)

Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium Astronomy Resources

Exhibit at Yale University Library: Women in Science and Engineering at Yale

Cool Apps for Smart Phones:

The Apple Pocket Universe

Google Sky Map (for Android phones)

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