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We're Over the Moon with Space-y Events for Kids and Families

           We’re over the moon – and the stars – this week with our lineup of programs, and kids and families will be, too. It’s part of the Summer Reading Program’s focus this year on A Universe of Stories.

            On Tuesday, July 9, from 2-4 p.m. in the Library Station Frisco Room, children in grades K-5 are invited to Discover the Stars with a visit inside the popular StarLab. It’s a portable planetarium where kids can explore constellations, the solar system and galaxies. The presenter will lead groups into StarLab every 25 minutes to talk about the stars in the night sky and stories that surround them.

            While waiting, kids can enjoy LunaPalooza games and activities. The program is most appropriate for children in kindergarten and older. Children ages 3-5 must be accompanied by an adult in the StarLab. Questions? Call 865-1340.

            Then we’re going to Sequiota Park, 3500 S. Lone Pine Ave., on Friday, July 12, from 5-9 p.m. for Moonlight Madness.

            All ages can participate in lunar crafts, a moon-themed storytime for children, get a close-up view of the moon with telescopes provided by the Springfield Astronomical Society, and strike a pose in our crescent moon photo booth. Bring your camera! We'll cap off our celestial evening with a moonlight bat flight hosted by the Outdoor Initiatives Department of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. For details call 882-0714.

            The space race and first moon landing can help stir pleasant memories for individuals with early-stage memory loss. They and their care partners are invited to the next Memory Café: Space Race, at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, in the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library community room. Library staff member Tysha Shay will present the program in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association. To register, call 883-1974.  

            And coming, Monday, July 15: We’re showing a live, national webcast to celebrate NASA’s 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic moon landing at 3 p.m. at the Library Station, Park Central Branch and Fair Grove Branch libraries. For all ages. The webcast includes a guided recreation of Apollo 11's journey to see how this mission was executed by crew members and mission control in Houston.

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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