Citizen Science Month events for and from libraries!

Citizen Science Month

Librarians: Visit and “share” and promote any event, particularly those hosted by fellow librarians!

Citizen Science 101: A Beginner’s Guide! Simple repost the Facebook recording of the 4/1 event to introduce your community to Citizen Science!

Citizen Science for the Stars! A special event from NASA’s Night Sky Network, SciStarter and Astronomy Magazine

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 from 6:00 pm – 7:00pm Pacific | 9:00pm – 10pm Eastern. Join SciStarter and NASA’s Night Sky Network as we introduce you to a handful of NASA-supported citizen science projects you can do…and meet the awesome scientists you’ll be helping. Librarians: Share with all audiences and include information on the Measuring Light in the Night kits!

Ben Franklin & Citizen Science

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm Pacific | 7:00pm – 8:00pm Eastern. Citizen science enables everyday people to be involved in scientific research by participating in data collection. Many consider Benjamin Franklin to be America’s first citizen scientist. Franklin believed all people should engage with science; and that knowledge can be used to advance society for the benefit of all. Join PBS Books, SciStarter and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs for a free virtual program on April 20th at 7pm ET, in celebration of Citizen Science Month, STEM Storytelling and Ken Burns’s BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, which will begin to air April 4 at 8/7c on PBS stations nationwide.  Librarians: This event is aimed at tweens, teens, their families and educators and will feature teen citizen scientists, discussions about the Ken Burns documentary, an introduction to citizen science projects, and a discussion with the author of The Field Guide to Citizen Science. 

My Garden of A Thousand Bees – New Film and #PlantWildflower Campaign to Protect Pollinators

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 from 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific | 2:00pm – 3:00 pm Eastern. Join HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network to learn more about the #PlantWildflowers campaign and how to engage your community to protect pollinators with a screening of the new PBS film My Garden of a Thousand Bees. You’ll also learn how to connect the #PlantWildFlowers campaign to citizen science projects like The Great Sunflower project, and get a glimpse of how to build citizen science library kits designed to make participating in citizen science accessible for library users! This webinar will feature speakers Jared Lipworth and Alex Pearson from Tangled Bank Studios, Katy Fenn and Clay Bolt from the World Wildlife Fund and Tara Cox from the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network.

Symposium on The Critical Roles of Libraries in Understanding Earth’s Biota

Friday, April 8 noon PM- 1PM PT l 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EasternThree thought leaders reflect on the central role of libraries in humanity’s race to understand and preserve Earth’s biota.

Celebrating Citizen Science in Libraries

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific | 2:00pm – 3:00 pm EasternDo you want to make your library a community hub for citizen science? Join members of the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network to hear how libraries across the country are engaging their communities in citizen science, a global movement that enables people from all walks of life to contribute to real scientific research. From hosting bioblizes to building citizen science kits, libraries are finding innovative ways to bring awareness and increase access to citizen science for their diverse communities. Tune in to learn how the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network is supporting this work, and how to join in on the effort! 

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Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier is a Professor at Arizona State University's Center for Engagement and Training, part of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter. She is also the founder of Science Cheerleader, an organization of more than 300 current and former professional cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers, and a cofounder of ECAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology, a network of universities, science centers, and think tanks that produces public deliberations to enhance science policymaking. She is a founding board member of the Citizen Science Association, a senior advisor at Discover Magazine, a member of the EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, and was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences "Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning" committee. She is the author of The Science of Cheerleading and co-editor of The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science, published by Arizona State University. Darlene holds degrees from Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania and was a high school, college and NBA cheerleader. Darlene lives in Philadelphia with her husband and four children.