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March 21-June 25
at the
Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway
and Discovery Center of Springfield, 438 E. St. Louis St.

Presented by NASA'S Universe of Learning and the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning


Every star you see likely plays host to at least one planet— called "exoplanets." This interactive, all-ages exhibit includes kiosks for "Seeing the Unseen," "Stranger than Fiction," testing your science knowledge and learning how exoplanets are being discovered.


The series of programs at the Library Station explores the fascinating world of space and astronomy. Learn about the search for habitable worlds beyond our solar system, how NASA scientists are searching for these worlds, and how they might be like our own.

Searching for E.T.: The Myth and Reality of Finding Home

Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.
The Station Frisco Room
For adults

"Phone home" is a great line from the movie, but who did E.T. call and how did he do it? What type of data supports E.T. being out there? Becky Baker, Missouri State University instructor emeritus of physics, will discuss the latest results in the search for E.T. and what that implies about life in the universe.

"Star Wars" Triple Feature

Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m.
The Station Santa Fe Room
For all ages

Enjoy the original "Star Wars" trilogy on the big screen. Come for one or all, rated PG; popcorn provided. 10 a.m. "Star Wars: A New Hope;" 12:30 p.m. "Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back;" 3 p.m. "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi."

Discovering Strange New Worlds: A Space-Themed Exhibit Opening

Sunday, April 3, 1 p.m.
The Station
For all ages

At the opening of Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds, explore what's already been discovered with our hands-on, interactive exhibit by NASA's Universe of Learning and Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning. Enjoy space-themed crafts, activities and music as you interact with the exhibit.


Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m.
The Station Frisco Room
For grades K-5

All aboard the STEAM Train for an afternoon of scientific exploration and educational play! Challenges are designed for kids and caregivers to work on together.

Is it Alive? Test three samples of "alien soil" to see if you can discover if one contains life!


Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m.
The Station Frisco Room
For adults

During the past decade, we've learned that nearly every star has planets and planets likely outnumber stars. And yet we have not found solar systems which match our own. Dr. Mike Reed, physics professor at Missouri State University, will review the types of planets which are most commonly detected, current limitations of our detection methods and describe some of the more interesting exoplanets and systems that have been identified.

Afternoon Book Discussion

Thursday, April 28, 1:30 p.m.
The Station Santa Fe Room
For adults

"Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void" by Mary Roach.

Our Neighbors Next Door: Alien Life on Europa

Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m.
The Station Frisco Room
For adults

Since the time humans first realized the stars in the sky could harbor other worlds, people have wondered if life could exist somewhere beyond the Earth. NASA Solar System Ambassador David Jarkins will explore the history of the search for life, what we have learned from previous missions and where we have the best chance of finding life in our solar system.

First Friday Art Walk

Friday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.
Park Central Branch
For all ages

Join us for First Friday Art Walk, including the opening of a new exhibit.

At 7 p.m. learn how to capture the night sky with Library staff member and amateur astrophotographer Andrew Mann. On display: Summer Essence by photographer Elaine Miller.

Our Place in the Universe

Sunday, May 8, 2 p.m.
The Station Frisco Room
For adults

The universe is a really big place! How do we as beings on a small planet fit into this vast universe? Becky Baker, Missouri State University instructor emeritus of physics, will start at the Earth and take us on a journey to the edge of our observable universe.

Teen LARP (Live Action Role Play) Night

Friday, May 13, 6 p.m.
The Station Frisco & Santa Fe Rooms
For grades 6-12

You are aboard an earthling ship that has crash-landed on a strange exoplanet. With your group, you must create a community and survive Planet EXO and any obstacles you face.

Virtual Brown Bag Travelogue

Wednesday, May 18, noon
For adults

Sit back, relax and explore a new place from the comfort of your own home. A new video featuring a different adventure will be posted to the Library’s YouTube channel,, on the third Wednesday of each month.

Astrophotography Across the U.S. Library staff member Andrew Mann will share his travels throughout the U.S., from the Great Smoky Mountains to Yellowstone and areas in between, along with astrophotography he took along the way. Experience the night sky without having to stay up late.


Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m.
The Station Frisco Room
For adults

Astrophotographer Dr. Richard Hammar shares tips on how to take pictures of the night sky using a cell phone or high tech equipment. He'll also talk about how he takes pictures remotely in New Mexico to reduce light pollution. 

Space Fest

Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m.
The Station Frisco & Santa Fe Rooms
For families with children age 3 and older

Drop in for games, crafts, experiments, virtual reality and other activities designed to help you learn more about our universe!