Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas

When a library opens its doors, it’s opening up opportunity, knowledge and, ultimately empowerment.  One-hundred year ago, the LaSalle Public Library opened its doors, giving people a chance to travel wherever their imaginations could take them.  That’s more than just public service, that’s changing lives.

Stephen J. Cannell
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

Kiwanis Supports Community Science Learning @ the Library

With vacations mostly behind us, the Library staff is full-speed ahead in developing programming and resources for the 2017-2018 year. One of the additions to the Library's programming and resources will be a Citizen Scientist program made possible through a grant from Kiwanis, whose generosity will fund the purchase of a weather station. The wireless unit measures many data categories like wind speed and direction, temperature, and moisture, as well as providing a photographic record of weather events. It will be used by kids and adults to participate in GLOBE, the Global Learning and Observations to benefit the Environment program. 

GLOBE is a worldwide program that brings together students, teachers, scientists and citizens to promote science and learning about the environment. Sponsored by NASA, NOAA, NSF (National Science Foundation) and the U.S. State Department, the program, in addition to study of Earth's atmosphere, also tracks data for the areas of biosphere, hydrosphere, soil (pedosphere), and Earth as a system.

Beginning in 2016, GLOBE expanded its participation outside of the formal school setting to include individual citizens of all ages through a GLOBE Observer (GO) mobile app. GO will evolve with time to support areas beyond atmosphere; currently, it includes observation of clouds, mosquito habitat, and was used to obtain data about August's solar eclipse.

Once the weather station is in place, the Library will encourage participation to interested kids and adults, teachers and youth leaders. While anyone may use the more than 130 million measurements, from more than 10 million students, in 113 countries around the world since GLOBE began its operation in 1995, and may measure and track data for personal use, only those who take the free online self-paced training may upload their data to the GLOBE site. Once uploaded, this data will be used by scientists throughout the world.  The Library is very excited about this new opportunity. The Kiwanis donation will stimulate curiosity and support learning for young and old alike. 

Thanks, Kiwanis!