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Explore Space Events (by date)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Space-a-Palooza

2:30-4:30 p.m. at Library Center For preschool-grade 5

Drop by for activities, games and crafts as we celebrate space and all of its wonders.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

StarLab: Native American Sky Legends

6-8 p.m. at Library Center For grades K-12

Join us for a special StarLab planetarium experience that explores the mythology Native American cultures tied to the constellations. Our presenter will lead groups into the StarLab every 25 minutes, so register for your preferred time. This program is most appropriate for children in kindergarten and older. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration starts June 1. Call 616-0526.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Design Your Own Spacecraft

6 p.m. at Library Center For grades 4-6

We all dream about traveling in space, but what would our space ship need? Learn about the realities of space travel and build your own spacecraft at this hands-on program. Materials will be provided.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Lost on Mars LARP

3-4:30 p.m. at Library Center For grades 4-8

You have just arrived on Mars and now have to set up a colony, find food and learn to live in space. As you settle into your new home, people start to get sick and are attacked by a mysterious presence. Come LARP (live action role play) with us and see if you can survive living on Mars! Registration starts June 1. Call 616-0526.

Lost on Mars LARP

6:30-8 p.m. at Library Center For grades 9-12

You have just arrived on Mars and have to set up a colony, find food and learn to live in space. As you settle into your new home, people start to get sick and are attacked by a mysterious presence. Come LARP (live action role play) with us and see if you can survive living on Mars! Registration starts June 1. Call 616-0526.

Monday, June 19, 2017

"American Eclipse" with Author David Baron

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

On a July afternoon in 1878, three pioneering scientists -- planet hunter James Craig Watson, astronomer Maria Mitchell, and inventor Thomas Edison -- gathered in Colorado to view a rare celestial event -- a total solar eclipse. Each had their own reasons for grasping this brief night-of-a-day opportunity, and author David 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." This fascinating portrait of the Gilded Age is described as a suspenseful and dramatic account that beautifully captures the awe, magic and mystery of one of the most spectacular natural events during the 19th century. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Stay after the presentation for sky gazing with the Springfield Astronomical Society.

Sky Gazing with the Springfield Astronomical Society

8-10 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Members of the Springfield Astronomical Society will have telescopes set up on the south lawn for solar and lunar viewing, weather permitting.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Science of "Star Wars"

6 p.m. at Library Center For grades 6-12

Since 1977, the "Star Wars" movies featured technologies that became realities; others we may never see. Learn about the science behind the "Star Wars" movies from Professor Rob Powers, science teacher at the Summit Preparatory School, and make your own light saber (not currently a science reality!) to take home. Materials will be provided.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Science of "The Martian"

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Andy Weir's 2011 novel about an American astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars became a best-seller and critically acclaimed film starring Matt Damon. How much of Weir's science fiction is science reality? Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Marteen Nolan for a discussion about the science (and science fiction) of "The Martian." Beware: this presentation will include spoilers, so read the novel or watch the movie before you attend!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Out of This World Storytime

7 p.m. at Library Center For ages 2-6

Go on a galactic journey with books, songs and activities at our special space-themed storytime.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Eclipse Expo

1-5 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Learn more about the total solar eclipse coming on August 21. Attend presentations by eclipse experts from Missouri State University and NASA, and participate in activities to help you prepare for the most awe-inspiring event of the year! Free eclipse glasses will be provided to the first 100 people who attend.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Make a Mars Rover

2 p.m. at Library Center For grades 2-3

Design an out-of-this-world land rover using a Sphero, cardboard and Makedo™ construction kits. Materials will be provided. Registration starts June 26. Call 616-0526.

Make a Mars Rover

3:30 p.m. at Library Center For grades 4-8

Design an out of this world land rover using a Sphero, cardboard and Makedo™ construction kits. Materials will be provided. Registration starts June 26. Call 616-0526.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Galaxies and Games

2-4 p.m. at Library Station For grades K-5

Explore constellations, the solar system and galaxies with a trip inside the StarLab, where you'll learn about the stars in the night sky and stories that surround them. Our presenter will lead groups into the StarLab every 25 minutes. We'll have lots of games to help you learn about our world and others while you wait. This program is most appropriate for children in kindergarten and older. Children ages 3-5 must be accompanied by an adult in the StarLab.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

NASA Discoveries

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

In February 2017, NASA announced the discovery of the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Any of these planets could have liquid water and possibly be conducive to life. NASA Solar System Ambassador Marteen Nolan will explore this latest NASA discovery and help us understand its ramifications for space exploration and Earth's inhabitants.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Blast Off! Spaceship Drive-In

6:30 p.m. at Library Center For ages 2-6

Create a spaceship and blast off as we watch an episode of "Miles from Tomorrowland," rated TV-Y, on the big screen. Materials will be provided. Registration starts June 30. Call 616-0526.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Intergalactic Iron Chef

2 p.m. at Library Center For grades 4-8

Curious about what astronauts eat? Sample astronaut food and see if you can make a dish out of the ingredients provided. Watch out for extra ingredients and challenges! Registration starts July 1. Call 616-0526.

Intergalactic Iron Chef

4 p.m. at Library Center For grades 9-12

Curious about what astronauts eat? Sample astronaut food and see if you can make a dish out of the ingredients provided. Watch out for extra ingredients and challenges! Registration starts July 1. Call 616-0526.

Stories in the Stars

6-8 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Join us for a trip inside the StarLab planetarium, where you'll discover the Greek and Roman myths whose origins are rooted in the stars. A presenter will lead groups into the StarLab every 25 minutes. For adults only. Registration starts July 1. Call 882-0714.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Inventor's Workshop

3 p.m. at Library Center For grades 2-5

Learn some of the steps inventors use to plan, develop and create something new! Inquiry strategies are at the heart of this program presented by the Discovery Center of Springfield. Registration starts July 3. Call 616-0526.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

StarLab: A Kid's Guide to the Galaxy

2-4 p.m. at Library Center For grades K-5

Explore constellations, the solar system and galaxies. Take a trip inside the StarLab, where you'll learn about the stars in the night sky and stories that surround them. Our presenter will lead groups into the StarLab every 25 minutes, so register for your preferred time. This program is most appropriate for children in kindergarten and older. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration starts July 3. Call 616-0526.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Skype with Author Stuart Gibbs

1:30 p.m. at Library Center For all ages

Celebrate the anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969, with a Skype visit with Stuart Gibbs, author of "Space Case." It's the story of a young boy who is part of the first group of humans to colonize the moon and was featured on the 2016-17 Mark Twain Award list. Stuart will talk about his writing and you can ask questions about his books.

Build a Better World on Another Planet!

2-9 p.m. at Library Center For grades K-6

A new planet has been discovered and it's up to you to colonize it! We need habitats, food, water and more. Drop by throughout the weekend to visit our planet, help us add to the space colony and see what others have made. Materials will be provided.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Build a Better World on Another Planet!

8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. at Library Center For grades K-6

A new planet has been discovered and it's up to you to colonize it! We need habitats, food, water and more. Drop by throughout the weekend to visit our planet, help us add to the space colony and see what others have made. Materials will be provided.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Build a Better World on Another Planet!

8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. at Library Center For grades K-6

A new planet has been discovered and it's up to you to colonize it! We need habitats, food, water and more. Drop by throughout the weekend to visit our planet, help us add to the space colony and see what others have made. Materials will be provided.

Intergalactic Spray Paint Art

5-7 p.m. at Library Station For grades 6-12

Join artist Taylor Hopkins in the south parking lot as he demonstrates how to make space-themed art using spray paint. Then work together to create a giant picture of outer space to display in the library. Materials will be provided.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Build a Better World on Another Planet!

1-5 p.m. at Library Center For grades K-6

A new planet has been discovered and it's up to you to colonize it! We need habitats, food, water and more. Drop by throughout the weekend to visit our planet, help us add to the space colony and see what others have made. Materials will be provided.

Monday, July 24, 2017

What Does It Matter?

3 p.m. at Library Center For preschool-grade 2

Water, steam, ice: all are the same substance, but each represents a different state. Explore fun experiments with solids, liquids and gasses with this hands-on program presented by the Discovery Center of Springfield. Registration starts July 10. Call 616-0526.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Intergalactic Spray Paint Art

7 p.m. at Library Center For grades 6-12

Join artist Taylor Hopkins as he demonstrates how to make space-themed art using spray paint. Then work together to create a giant picture of outer space to display in the library. Materials will be provided. Registration starts July 11. Call 616-0526.

Missouri's Meteorite Impact Structures: Three Strikes and a Hypothesis is Out?

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Weaubleau, Decaturville and Crooked Creek are meteorite impact structures that are aligned across the Missouri Ozarks. Some investigators have suggested that they resulted from serial impacts comparable to the Shoemaker-Levy 9 cometary impacts on Jupiter in 1994. Learn about meteorite impact structures and more from Dr. Kevin Evans, geology professor at Missouri State University.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Adventures in the Magic Tree House

9:30-11 a.m. at Ash Grove Branch Library For grades K-4

Travel with Jack and Annie to distant times and faraway lands as we explore the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. Registration starts June 30. Call 751-2933.

"Midnight on the Moon."

Astronomy Abounds

11 a.m. at Fair Grove Branch Library For grades 3-6

Explore our solar system and the relationship to our planet as we investigate the shadows and movements of the planets with Discovery Center of Springfield staff. Registration starts July 14. Call 759-2637.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Astronomy Abounds

3 p.m. at Library Center For grades 3-6

Explore our solar system and the relationship to our planet as we investigate the shadows and movements of the planets with Discovery Center of Springfield staff. Registration starts July 17. Call 616-0526.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Intergalactic Spray Paint Art

7 p.m. at Library Center For adults

Artist Taylor Hopkins demonstrates how to make space-themed art using spray paint. Work together to create a giant picture of outer space to be displayed in the library. Materials will be provided. Registration starts July 20. Call 883-5341.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse Viewing at MSU

11 a.m.-2 p.m. at For all ages

A total solar eclipse is one of the most amazing natural phenomena one can experience. The moon passes in front of the sun, blocking its light in part or totally for up to three hours. This incredible wonder has not been seen over the continental United States since 1979. While not in the path of totality, those in Greene County can expect to experience the eclipse at about 96% totality. Missouri State University College of Natural and Applied Sciences invites the public to safely view the eclipse from Plaster Stadium, weather permitting. Viewing goggles will be available. Free parking will be available in the parking lot on East Trafficway across from Hammons Field, with shuttle service provided to the MSU campus.

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