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Become a Citizen Scientist with NASA's GLOBE Observer Citizen Science Program

The LaSalle Public Library has been selected by the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) as one of six national library test sites to pilot activities and resources related to NASA's GLOBE Observer program, an international network of citizen scientists and scientists.

YOU can become a Citizen Scientist by participating in one or all three GLOBE activities! These hands-on activities, investigations and resources will involve three subject areas: Mosquito Habitats, Clouds, and Land Cover. 

GLOBE Mosquito Habitat

In GLOBE Mosquito Habitat, participants will learn about mosquitoes, and will identify areas within the community that could potentially be areas for active mosquito populations.  Participants will also build mosquito traps, and study the species of mosquito that inhabit local areas. 

GLOBE Mosquito Habitat will be offered in three parts. Part 1 and Part 2 will be offered on Tuesday, April 2nd and April 16th, at 6:30 p.m. OR on Thursday, April 11th, and April 25th, at 6:30 p.m.  Part 3 will be offered, collectively, on Saturday, April 13th, at 9:30 a.m.   

GLOBE Mosquito Habitat activities will take place at the Library, and also in the field.  Field work will be at nearby sites; an information sheet will be distributed to participants.  Please wear suitable clothing and shoes for field work.

The activities are free, open to the public, and are for children, ages 8 and older, and adults.  Registration is required, as space is limited to 15 participants per paired day.  If you are a youth leader or teacher, and would like to participate as a class/group, please call the Library at 815-223-2341, or email: dmblomquist@lasalle.lib.il.us, to make arrangements.   You can register by phone (815-223-2341), by person, or by online registration.

GLOBE Clouds

In GLOBE Clouds, participants will learn how different skies look with varying amount of cloud cover, understand how the same amount of cloud cover can look from different perspectives, how aerosols affect our perception of the sky's color and how it impacts the environment around us.  Participants will also learn about the various types of clouds that exist in different weather patterns, and using that knowledge, create a giant sky mural.

GLOBE Clouds will be offered on Saturday, April 6th, at 10:00 a.m. and on Saturday, May 11th, at 10:00 a.m.  

Activities for GLOBE Clouds will take place at the Library. Activities are free, open to the public, and are for children, ages 8 and older, and adults. Registration is required.  You can register by phone (815-223-2341), by person, or by online registration.   If you are a youth leader or teacher, and would like to participate as a class/group, please call the Library at 815-223-2341, or email: dmblomquist@lasalle.lib.il.us, to make arrangements.  

GLOBE Land Cover

In GLOBE Land Cover, participants will explore the land cover in different areas of the community, learn how to measure distance, within the selected space, recognize various land forms, and gather data to record.  That data will then be uploaded into the GLOBE mobile app, and compared to data from satellites to see the results of the participants' observations. 

GLOBE Land Cover will be offered on Saturday, April 20th, at 10:00 a.m. 

Activites for GLOBE Land Cover will be primarily field work.  Field work will be at nearby sites; an information sheet will be distributed to participants.  Please wear suitable clothing and shoes for field work. Activities are free, open to the public, and are for children, ages 8 and older, and adults. Registration is required, as space is limited to 15 participants.  You can register by phone (815-223-2341), by person, or by online registration.    If you are a youth leader or teacher, and would like to participate as a class/group, please call the Library at 815-223-2341, or email: dmblomquist@lasalle.lib.il.us, to make arrangements.