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Explore Space Events (by branch)

Ash Grove Branch Library

Adventures in the Magic Tree House

Friday, July 28, 2017 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."

Library Center

Space-a-Palooza

Saturday, June 3, 2017 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.

StarLab: Native American Sky Legends

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 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.

Design Your Own Spacecraft

Thursday, June 15, 2017 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.

Lost on Mars LARP

Friday, June 16, 2017 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

Friday, June 16, 2017 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.

"American Eclipse" with Author David Baron

Monday, June 19, 2017 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

Monday, June 19, 2017 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.

The Science of "Star Wars"

Thursday, June 22, 2017 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.

The Science of "The Martian"

Thursday, June 29, 2017 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!

Out of This World Storytime

Friday, July 7, 2017 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.

Eclipse Expo

Saturday, July 8, 2017 1-4:30 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 Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science Department 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 at the end of each presentation, 2 pair per person while supplies last. 1-1:45 p.m. in the auditorium: Eclipse Basics with MSU professor Dr. Becky Baker. Find out why eclipses occur, why this one is rare and what to expect on August 21. 1:50-2:25 p.m. in the auditorium: The Eclipse Experience with Dr. Baker. Dr. Baker will share a variety of solar and lunar videos featuring simulations and actual footage supplemented with commentary and observations. 2:30-3:25 p.m. in meeting rooms A & B: Eclipse Safety with NASA Solar System Ambassador Marteen Nolan. Learn how to safely view the eclipse, various methods for safe viewing, and make and learn to use a pinhole camera. Samples of sun funnels for telescopes and sun projectors using binoculars will be on hand. 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the auditorium: "The Sun Has Been Eaten" Eclipses Through History with MSU senior instructor Dr. Becky Baker. Discover the influential and significant roles lunar and solar eclipses have played in the history and culture of mankind. 1-4:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room: A variety of space and eclipse-themed activities will be available for children. Eclipse glasses will not be provided at this session.

Make a Mars Rover

Monday, July 10, 2017 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

Monday, July 10, 2017 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.

NASA Discoveries

Thursday, July 13, 2017 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.

Blast Off! Spaceship Drive-In

Friday, July 14, 2017 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.

Intergalactic Iron Chef

Saturday, July 15, 2017 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! Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. Registration starts July 1. Call 616-0526.

Intergalactic Iron Chef

Saturday, July 15, 2017 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! Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. Registration starts July 1. Call 616-0526.

Stories in the Stars

Saturday, July 15, 2017 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. Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. Registration starts July 1. Call 882-0714.

Inventor's Workshop

Monday, July 17, 2017 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.

StarLab: A Kid's Guide to the Galaxy

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 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. Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. Registration starts July 3. Call 616-0526.

Skype with Author Stuart Gibbs

Thursday, July 20, 2017 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!

Thursday, July 20, 2017 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.

Build a Better World on Another Planet!

Friday, July 21, 2017 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.

Build a Better World on Another Planet!

Saturday, July 22, 2017 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.

Build a Better World on Another Planet!

Sunday, July 23, 2017 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.

What Does It Matter?

Monday, July 24, 2017 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.

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 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. Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last.

Intergalactic Spray Paint Art

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 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. Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last. Registration starts July 11. Call 616-0526.

Astronomy Abounds

Monday, July 31, 2017 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.

Intergalactic Spray Paint Art

Thursday, August 3, 2017 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.

Fair Grove Branch Library

Astronomy Abounds

Friday, July 28, 2017 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.

Library Station

Galaxies and Games

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 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. Free eclipse glasses will be available, 2 pair per person while supplies last.

Intergalactic Spray Paint Art

Saturday, July 22, 2017 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.

Offsite

Solar Eclipse Viewing at MSU

Monday, August 21, 2017 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. Free eclipse glasses will be provided to everyone who attends. 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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