International Observe the Moon Night

InOMN logo-transparentInternational Observe the Moon Night is Saturday, October 12. Will your library be participating? If you are hosting an event, be sure to register it, and put North Dakota on the map!

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) “is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. The International Observe the Moon Night Team consists of scientists, educators, and Moon enthusiasts from government, non-profit organizations, and businesses throughout the United States and across the globe…we hope to instill in the public a sense of wonderment and curiosity about our Moon.”

If you want to host an event in your community, there is a handy guide walking you through “How to Host an Event in 6 Easy Steps”:

  • Consider your audience and setting
  • Download the InOMN kit
  • Advertise
  • Register your event
  • Host and have fun!
  • Evaluate

The InOMN kit provides logos and materials to help you advertise (including bookmarks!), certificates to award participants, and Moon observation logs. Not an expert on the Moon? That’s okay, the kit also has presentations to help you learn about the Moon. There’s also a very thorough guide prepared just for libraries! However, this would also be a great opportunity to partner with you local science teachers and their expertise! For ideas on what to do at the event, check out the sample event suggestions. There are also activities you can use at your event, or at programs throughout the year. The North Dakota State Library also has the Explore! Marvel Moon binder from the NASA workshop in 2011.

If you are planning events for Teen Read Week, which is October 13-19, InOMN ties in perfectly to this year’s theme of “Seek the Unknown @ Your Library.”

Will you be hosting an InOMN event this year? What do you have planned? Have you hosted an InOMN event before? How did it go? Share your plans and stories in the comments!

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