A remote galaxy captured by the Hubble Space Telescope is greatly magnified and distorted by the effects of gravitationally warped space. (Image via NASA)

A remote galaxy captured by the Hubble Space Telescope is greatly magnified and distorted by the effects of gravitationally warped space. (Image via NASA)

Grant brings NASA to library

The grant supports science, technology, engineering, arts and math programming for patrons.

The Kenai Community Library received a grant to support science, technology, engineering, arts and math programming for patrons.

Elizabeth Kleweno, the program coordinator at the library, said Monday that getting the grant — for a program called “NASA @ My Library” — is exciting.

“It was really wonderful to get because we get to … bring NASA to Kenai,” she said.

The program is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute in partnership with the American Library Association, Cornerstones of Science, Lunar and Planetary Institute and Education Development Center.

The library had to apply for the grant program, and was one of 60 libraries chosen as a recipient nationwide. The facility received $1,600 to use for educational programming.

Kleweno said a NASA next-generation telescope space viewing night will be among the initiatives the library is planning to fund with the grant. The activity is set for Dec. 18.

The grant, Kleweno said, will allow the library to provide more robust science, tech, engineering, arts and math programming.

“It’s a large brain child and it just gets bigger every year,” she said.

Reach reporter Camille Botello at camille.botello@peninsulaclarion.com.

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