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Parents and children are invited to dive into our Virtual Library and enjoy ebooks, videos, music, crafts,
recommended reads, and more! Check back each week for a new set of themed activities.
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WATCH & LISTEN

Sun3D Sun
Visit a vast sea of fire, ride a solar blast, and see brilliant auroras in this IMAX film that gives audiences a close-up look at the Sun! To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackArthur - Carried Away
Based on the books by Marc Brown, this animated series follows the adventures of Arthur the aardvark and his friends. When Pal's cousin, Dr. Yowl, invites Kate and Mei Lin to tour the solar system, they're thrilled! Pal, however, suspects his Plutonian relative is up to no good. This episode also contains Dueling Detectives!.
Kanopy-CharactersCaillou The Scientist - Caillou the Astronaut
At recess, Caillou's friends can't decide whether to play astronauts or bears. After listening to a space storytime and imagining himself zooming around the galaxy, Caillou invents a new astronaut and bear game so everyone can play together! This episode also contains Magnet Madness and Caillou the Dinosaur Hunter.
Telescope_GiantThe Day Henry Met...A Telescope
Every day Henry meets something new! Today, Henry met a telescope that just discovered a new constellation. When Telescope loses the coordinates, Henry becomes an astronomer and helps track down the stars. Next, get ready for a rocket ride when Henry meets...The Moon!
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Earth And Space (For Kindergarten - 3rd Grade)

Find out about Day and Night, Planets, and the Sun and Stars with Earth And Space, a three-part video series designed for elementary schools. To watch the videos, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
ConstellationEarth To Luna! - Drawings in the Sky
Imagination and science combine in this series about a curious girl, her younger brother, and their pet ferret. Luna receives an old family book about constellations, and she's determined to find every one! When locating the constellations isn't as easy as she thought, Luna, Jupiter, and Clyde pretend to be stars to help with their search. Wishing for more episodes? Gaze at Shooting Stars and The Superstar.
SaturnEarth To Luna! - On The Rings of Saturn
Looking through Luna's telescope, Jupiter spots a curious planet that seems to have its own hula hoop. To figure out the mystery of Saturn's rings, Luna, Jupiter, and Clyde become planets themselves! If you like this episode, solve more planetary puzzles with Martians, Martians, Martians and Great Craters!.
Kanopy-Banner_FranklinFranklin and Friends - Franklin in the Stars
When clouds ruin Franklin's plan of stargazing with Aunt T's telescope, he and Aunt T turn the house into a space station instead. This episode also contains Franklin and Sam. Blast off on another imaginary adventure with Franklin's Spaceship! To watch an episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Moon-Man_SilhouetteHoopla Doopla! - Moonwalk
With physical skills and plenty of laughs, six friends tumble, juggle, leap, and somersault their way into and out of trouble! In this episode, Bop builds Zap a set of wings to take him to the moon. When the wings don't work, his friends decide to bring the moon to Zap.
Kanopy-CharactersJoe and Jack - Head Space
Preschoolers will love the imaginative adventures of Joe and his cat Jack! When Joe and Jack decide to build a spaceship, they don't expect to land in the living room or to bump into real aliens in their own kitchen! To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
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Little Bear - Little Bear's Trip to the Stars

After Father Bear teaches Little Bear about the stars and constellations that guide sailors,  Little Bear dreams of playing in outer space as the constellations come alive. This episode also contains Little Bear's Surprise and Little Bear and the North Pole. The space adventures continue in Little Bear Goes to the Moon.
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Moon Man

In this animated story based on Tomi Ungerer's classic book, the man in the moon rides a comet down to Earth. When some humans see him as an invader instead of a visitor, he must use his special powers to escape! To watch the story, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Kanopy-Banner_Characters_CropPeg + Cat - Peg and Cat Save the World: Part 1
Peg and her Cat help children learn about the infinitely amazing world of math in this PBS Kids series. When a strange pattern of signals arrives from space, the U.S. President summons Peg and Cat to solve a problem of national importance. Can they find the answers in time? Find out in Peg and Cat Save the World: Part 2! On another adventure, Peg and Cat get some otherworldly help solving The Polka Dot Planet Problem.
Rocket-SpaceReady Jet Go!
In this stellar series, young scientist Sean and sci-fi fan Sydney befriend the new kid, Jet Propulsion, and discover that his family members are aliens from Bortron 7. Together, they travel around the solar system and learn about technology, astronomy, friendship, and teamwork. To watch the series, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
CloudsSciGirls - SkyGirls
Join middle school girls as they explore the world around them using science and technology. Get the ultimate "stratus update" when Virginians Emma, Lauren, and Madison identify clouds from the ground, then compare their data with NASA satellite images to create a museum display.
Book_Cover-Star_StuffStar Stuff : Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos
Based on the book by Stephanie Roth Sisson, this animated story is about a curious boy who never stopped wondering about the stars. From the moment he visited the 1939 World's Fair, Carl Sagan's eyes were firmly fixed on the heavens, and he spent his life trying to better understand the universe.
Northern_LightsWapos Bay - It Came from Out There
Set in Northern Saskatchewan, Wapos Bay is an award-winning stop motion series that follows Raven, Talon, T-Bear and the rest of their Cree community. In this episode, the boys are convinced they're facing an alien invasion when mysterious lights flash through the sky!
Kanopy-CharactersWibbly Pig - Spaceship
The boring chore of cleaning his room gets an interstellar upgrade when Wibbly Pig and his friends transform the task into a spaceship mission! After cleaning up a galaxy cluttered with space junk, they land back on Earth and discover the room has been tidied too! More cosmic cuteness awaits in Telescope and Star.
Freegal LogoAlien Rap : Songs About Life on the Planet Glumph
Alien Kids invites you to laugh and learn with musical visitors from Planet Glumph! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Alien-Hungry


Aliens (Yuckee Songs & Jokes for Kids, Track 3)

Learn why you shouldn't invite a hungry alien to your house in this silly song from Mother's Little Helper.
Freegal LogoFirst Kid In Outer Space (Time Out to Rock, Track 3)
Don't forget your soapbox shuttle and handmade helmet as you blast off with The Not-Its! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
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Flying Saucer (Monster Rally, Track 2)

Get the galactic giggles from this song about a UFO that's invading all nearby (parking) space!
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ip Hop Astronaut (Gonoodle Presents: Awesome Sauce, Vol. 1, Track 8)
Rock out to syncopated science and brainy beats with a hip hop astronaut! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Freegal LogoJanet's Planet
With a variety of musical styles, facts, and themes, Janet's purple planet is a friendly and welcoming place for anyone traveling in space!
Moon_WalkJourney to the Moon
Enjoy lunar lullabies and moon melodies from...Mission Control? Victor Jay & Sound of Genisis combine audio tracks from NASA missions with beautiful instrumental music to create a scientific and soothing listening experience. Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
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Kidloland Our Universe Songs

Travel across the Earth and into the stars with educational songs from Kidloland!
Freegal LogoSnoopy in Space: Season 1
This soundtrack from the popular TV show contains Snoopy's musical journey from World War I Flying Ace to NASA astronaut! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal. 
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Solar Systems (Teamwork, Track 11)

Kelvin Roy sends listeners way up high to float on by the stars, moons, and planets.
Freegal LogoSpace Oddity (Lullaby Renditions of David Bowie, Track 11)
Rockabye Baby! introduces little listeners to David Bowie with lullaby versions of his greatest hits. Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Space_GroupThe Space Party (Big Books Tunes for ORIGO Stepping Stones 2.0: Grade 2, Track 10)
Whether you're flying a spaceship, UFO, or rocket, don't miss the chance to attend a party that's out-of-this-world!  
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The Spaceship (Let's Play! Silly Songs for Fun (Clever Kids Collection), Vol. 3, Track 21)

Zoom to the moon at the speed of light on Gerbert's spaceship! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
UFO-NeonThe Spaceship That Fell in My Backyard (The Spaceship That Fell in My Backyard, Track 1)
A young girl's ordinary night is interrupted by otherworldly visitors in Ruth and Emilia's catchy cosmic tune! 
Rocket-MoonSpaceship to the Moon (Is It Bedtime Already?, Track 2)
Nancy Levy invites little ones to dance along to this charming action song. The music doesn't stop there, so keep on moving to Dance with the Full Moon (Track 3)! Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Freegal LogoStar Wars Lullaby Version
Spend naptime in a galaxy far, far away with lullaby versions of classic Star Wars songs!
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St. Judy's Comet (Baby Songs & Lullabies, Track 11)

Curl up with Kidsongs' cozy version of Paul Simon's famous lullaby. Stream songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Music_Notes-StarsTwinkle, Twinkle (Toddler Songs, Track 3)
No list of space music would be complete without this diamond in the sky!

READ & EXPLORE

britannica-library-children-button Famous Astronauts
Take a space walk through the lives of six amazing astronauts:
     Buzz Aldrin               John H. Glenn, Jr.               Ellen Ochoa
 Neil Armstrong              Mae Jemison                      Sally Ride

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Solar System

You don't need a telescope to see these solar system facts from Britannica Library for Children.
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Space Exploration

Britannica Library for Children explains why we study outer space and describes the technology that makes exploration possible.
britannica-library-children-buttonUniverse
Discover quick facts about the universe, which is made up of everything from stars light-years away to our home planet, and cosmology, the study of what it's all about.
Bookflix-buttonSpace Titles in BookFlix (Animals and Nature / Earth and Sky)
Enjoy video storybooks and explore fantastic facts about stars, planets, and the moon.  Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the BookFlix icon.
Tumblebook-logo-buttonSpace TumbleBooks
Don't miss our collection of animated storybooks and videos about outer space. Watch our pathfinder video for TumbleBook Library first, then click on the TumbleBook Library icon.
Cassiopeia_A35 Cool Things about Space
National Geographic Kids (June/July 2017 Issue, pgs. 22-23) has thirty-five facts you probably didn't know about deep, dark space. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
flipster-buttonApollo to the Moon
For the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing, Highlights (July 2019 Issue, pgs. 18-21) introduces kids to the mission that represented "one giant leap for mankind". After reading the article, try navigating through the Zoom to the Moon! maze on pages 22 and 23 of the same issue! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
Mars_Rover-CuriosityBuilding Space Robots
Learn about an aerospace engineer and the robots she builds to explore distant planets (Highlights, July 2020 Issue, pgs. 20-21)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Freaky Facts About the Moon

Think you know most everything about the Moon? National Geographic Kids (June/July 2019 Issue, pgs. 24-27) shows readers that this orbiting oddity always has another face to show. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Black_HoleThe Hole Truth
Get pulled into this irresistible article about black holes (Owl, October 2019 Issue, pgs. 16-17)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
flipster-buttonIce Volcanoes Explored
Just when you thought space couldn't get any cooler, Owl (December 2018 Issue, pgs. 18-19) presents these frozen, fascinating facts! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
Moon&SunIn the Sky Series
This non-fiction series from Launch! introduces visual learners to objects in the sky. Spend the day with Sun, then stay up all night with Moon! Click on either title link, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read that title in Gale eBooks.
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Investigating UFOs and Aliens

Separating scientific fact from fiction, hoaxes, and the unknown, this title takes a serious look at the possibility of extraterrestrial life. It also examines the books, movies, and media that shape our ideas about alien contact. Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read the title in Gale eBooks.
ZodiacOne Sky, Many Stories
Owl (January/February 2020 Issue, pgs. 12-15) predicts that you'll love this article on constellations, astrology, and zodiac signs! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Planetary Exploration
Series

Take a guided tour of our solar system with Britannica's non-fiction series. Visit your favorite planets or check out each one:
          Mercury                         Mars                                        Uranus
            Venus                          Jupiter                                     Neptune
             Earth                          Saturn                   Pluto & Other Dwarf Planets
Click on any title link, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read that title in Gale eBooks.
Flipster LogoRing Around the Asteroid
Find out why Chariklo, a centaur asteroid with an orbit between Saturn and Uranus, was turning all the astronomers' heads in 2014 (Highlights, December 2015 Issue, pgs. 30-31)! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Stars and Galaxies

Explore the stars of the Milky Way and learn about the glowing gas balls, from dwarfs to supergiants, that sparkle in the night sky. Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read the title in Gale eBooks.
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The Sun and the Moon

From China to Peru, Faces (July/August 2020 Issue) shines a light on sun and moon celebrations around the world! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
UFOThis Story is Out of This World!
Take me to your reader! Chickadee (October 2019 Issue, pgs. 8-11) trains its telescope on what kinds of life might be hiding behind the next nebula. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoTo Infinity and Beyond
Boys' Life (March 2019 Issue, pgs. 22-25) goes behind the scenes of NASA's New Horizons project to showcase the ongoing voyages of a space probe that's boldly going where no spacecraft has gone before! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
Astronaut-Face_ShieldWhat an Astronaut Sees
You won't need a spacesuit to join astronaut Scott Kelly as he captures Earth's best sides and takes the ultimate selfie (Highlights, March 2017 Issue, pgs. 22-25). Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Question_MarksYou Asked an Astronaut!
Owl (November 2018 Issue, pgs. 12-15) and David Saint-Jacques have answers to all the astronaut questions floating through your head! Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Outer Space eBooks

Leave Earth behind with cosmic characters, stellar spaceships, and amazing astronaut adventures! OverDrive ebooks are accessible from any computer and from any device using the Libby or OverDrive app.
Novelist-K-8-logoSpace Reading List
Read long and prosper with this collection of popular titles for ages 0-8! In the list, click on "Check the Library Catalog" to see if the Library has a copy.
trueflix-buttonConstellations (Outer Space)
The night sky will never look the same once you learn about these star-studded constellations! TrueFlix has the shiny facts about stars, the history of constellations, and unofficial constellations called asterisms. Watch our pathfinder video for TrueFlix first, then click on the TrueFlix icon.
GalaxyGalaxies (Outer Space)
Expand your mind as TrueFlix zooms in on the Milky Way, explores different types of galaxies, and describes the accomplishments of famous astronomers and cosmologists. Watch our pathfinder video for TrueFlix first, then click on the activity icon.
Meteor_ShowerMeteor Showers (Outer Space)
TrueFlix has your backstage pass to some of Earth's greatest light shows! Find out how space rocks become shooting stars, why scientists study meteors, and when the next meteor shower arrives. Watch our pathfinder video for TrueFlix first, then click on the activity icon.
ScienceFlix-buttonPlanets (Space Science)
Learn about planets in our solar system, how planets form, and the different ways that scientists search for planets in deep space. Watch our pathfinder video for ScienceFlix first, then click on the ScienceFlix icon.
Astronaut-Earth_HorizonSpace Exploration (Space Science)
Gain some weightless wisdom as ScienceFlix describes the history of space exploration, methods for surviving in space, and technology that has advanced space study. Watch our pathfinder video for ScienceFlix first, then click on the activity icon.
CosmosUniverse (Space Science)
Get an introduction to space and everything in it with ScienceFlix! From dark matter to ultraviolet astronomy, learn how scientists constantly try to improve their understanding of the universe and its composition. Watch our pathfinder video for ScienceFlix first, then click on the activity icon.

ACTION!

Solar_System-GroupCraft - Model Solar System
Add some planetary panache to your room with a solar system model from Boys' Life (August 2019 Issue, pgs. 36-37). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoCraft - Origami X-Wing
May the fold be with you during the creation of this Star Wars X-Wing (Boys' Life, December 2017 Issue, pgs. 52-53)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Craft - Out of This World Backpack

Store your stuff in style with a stellar backpack design from Chickadee (September 2018 Issue, pg. 15)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoCraft - Out of This World Nail Designs!
Girls' World (March 2020 Issue, pgs. 32-33) has nail designs that will impress anyone in your orbit! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackCraft - Paper Plate Spaceship (Artzooka, Episode 5)
Defeat summer boredom with Artzooka, a series that shows kids how fun DIY can be! In this episode, host Jeremie Saunders uses paper plates to make a spaceship. Prefer rockets to flying saucers? Try a Gluestick Spaceship! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. To watch an episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card or "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Rad_RocketCraft - Rad Rocket
Chickadee (January/February 2020 Issue, pgs. 20-21) has a rocket that's always ready to "3, 2, 1, Blastoff"! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoCraft - Spaceship Bookmarks
When Commander Mom or Dad assigns an urgent mission in the middle of a chapter, these bookmarks will keep your place until you teleport back (Highlights, January 2018 Issue, pg. 18). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Craft / Game - Space Race

Design your spaceships, then challenge family and friends to a rocket race from Highlights (August 2018 Issue, pg. 18)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Craft_SuppliesDrawing - Amazing Outer Space!
Girls' World (April 2018 Issue, pgs. 6-7) shows young artists how to draw interesting intergalactic items. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoKitchen Craft - Galactic Planets
Create your own painted planet with an egg-citing craft from Owl (Summer 2018 Issue, pgs. 34-35). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Kitchen Craft -
Solar S'mores

Skip the campfire and try cosmic cooking with a solar oven from Owl (June 2020 Issue, pgs. 20-21)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
YodaKitchen Craft - Space Snacks
Enjoy these snacks, you will! Delight Star Wars fans of all ages with Yoda and R2-D2 snack recipes from Chickadee (May 2017 Issue, pg. 24). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoKitchen Craft - Star Cookies
Family Fun (December/January 2017 Issue, pg. 34) has celestial cookies that will disappear faster than a shooting star! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Coloring Pages

Take your markers to Mach 10 and complete this week's pages for the benefit of all!

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