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Library Launches “NASA @ My Library” Reading Challenge for Kids December 1

12/01/2021


  • NASA @ My Library Challenge
    NASA @ My Library Challenge

In honor of the historic launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Fargo Public Library is taking part in the NASA @ My Library’s Look Up! Explore Our Universe: The James Webb Space Telescope Challenge during the month of December. The library joins approximately 500 other sites across the country celebrating this launch.

Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to participate in this challenge by logging into the Fargo Public Library [Beanstack app] and completing activities to earn digital badges while learning all about the incredible NASA mission. Each badge earned will include an entry into the grand prize drawing to win a portable refractor telescope. Runner-up prizes will also be awarded to twenty-four individuals, each receiving a set of planet pins. To download the mobile app, visit https://fargolibrary.beanstack.org . Registration with Beanstack is accessible via web browser, Apple or Android apps.

As part of the challenge, a limited number of James Webb Space Telescope Fun Pads will be available for kids to pick-up on a first-come, first-served basis in the Children’s Services Dept. at the downtown Main Library (102 3rd St. N.). These telescope fun pads are appropriate for children ages 5 and older. One per child, please.

For more information about this reading challenge, contact Children’s Services at 701.241.1495.

The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest and most complex space science telescope ever built and is considered the premier observatory of the next decade. This international mission, led by NASA in partnership with the European and Canadian space agencies, is scheduled to launch December 22. The telescope will observe the universe in infrared and give insight into how the universe formed. In addition, it will extend the scientific discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope and other past NASA missions.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public.