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Explore Space with the Library this Summer

Have you ventured to the Library Center yet to Explore Space? That’s the new exhibit sure to appeal to space- and science-loving kids, teens and adults. We’re pairing it with space-themed programs throughout the summer.

The Library was awarded the traveling exhibit through Aug. 4 by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute.  

 “Space exploration and research help us answer the age-old questions: ‘Where did we come from?’ and ‘Are we alone?’” says Youth Services Coordinator Nancee Dahms-Stinson. “The display and the variety of programs the Library has developed to support it, makes learning about space science and astronomy fun for all ages.”

Come see the exhibit, and visit thelibrary.org/explorespace for the full schedule of events. Upcoming:

  • At 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, in Library Center meeting room A, grades 4-6 can learn about the realities of space travel and build their own spacecraft in a hands-on program. Materials will be provided.
  • Friday, June 16, at 3 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium, grades 4-8 are invited to live-action role play – LARP – for a Mars experience. “Lost on Mars LARP” repeats at 6:30 p.m. for grades 9-12. The scenario: You have just arrived on Mars and must establish a colony, find food and learn to live in space. As you settle in, people become sick and are attacked by a mysterious presence. Can you survive living on Mars? Registration is underway; call 616-0526.
  • At 7 p.m. Monday, June 19, in the Library Center auditorium, adults are invited to hear a fantastic true story, “American Eclipse,” by author David Baron. In July 1878, three pioneering scientists – planet hunter James Craig Watson, astronomer Maria Mitchell and inventor Thomas Edison – gathered in Colorado to view a total solar eclipse. Baron shares their stories in "American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World." Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Stay after Baron’s talk for sky gazing from 8-10 p.m. Weather permitting, members of the Springfield Astronomical Society will set up telescopes on the Library Center south lawn for solar and lunar viewing.
Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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