The has been chosen as one of 10 libraries nationwide to host the scientific exhibition "Discover Earth: A Century of Change."
From Nov. 20, 2012 until Feb. 8, 2013, attendees will walk in the front doors of the library and will be greeted by interactive computer screens, a touch table and games. Jude Schanzer, the program director for the library, said that there will be stargazing nights, a rock and mineral club and programs on ecology at the Hempstead Plains.
"I can’t even express how excited I am," Schanzer said. "We are opening it up to anybody who wants to enjoy it."
The exhibition will be for people of all ages, and Schanzer said a key role community members can play is to contribute to the information wall. The library will be looking for photos and stories from residents about the changes on Long Island throughout the years.
"It's such an honor, and it shows how the East Meadow Public Library is reaching out to the entire county," Schanzer said. "It also shows how we value science, technology, arts and culture."
Library officials are working with scholars from various mediums on the project, including representatives from the Amateur Observer Society of New York, the Hempstead Plains and the Museum of Natural History. Schanzer expects people to come from all over the northeast, because the nearest library to host the exhibition will be in Ephrata, PA, which is over three hours away.
"All are welcomed," Schanzer added. "We are delighted to share this with the entire Northeast."
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.
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