Monday, February 6, 2017

NASA Comes to the Library

Our small local library has a fabulous NASA exhibit in it right now. Last spring one of the librarians contacted Steve and asked if he would like to be on a committee to write a proposal to be one of six libraries nation wide that would host an exhibit on NASA. Steve jumped at the idea and he and assorted other science oriented people in town worked to put together a proposal, including community activities centered on space. They won a coveted slot, by far the smallest library to do so! The grand opening was last week and we went to explore.

There are displays and activities crammed into every corner of the library, each on a different topic. There is SO much information, but also lots of hands-on ways to learn. It's quite fascinating!
The children's area has a wind tunnel and a basket of scarves to shoot through it.
There are a couple of areas set up with low tables full of these interesting blocks. Pattern cards are included, or you can build your own creation.
You can be part of a game show space trivia contest.
Or experiment with heat and insulators.
The teen area is set up for weather reports from Mars. Do you see Rachel on the TV?
There are meteorites to touch and chances to explore their magnetism.
There were lots of interesting conversations about the Where Were You When display, with people remembering watching the first man on the moon and other events. I added a sticky note about my experience watching the Challenger explosion in 8th grade.
There were computer games involving blasting asteroids and a more educational game that determined the impact of various sized asteroids hitting earth. You could type in your zip code and see how big the blast would be in your town. (Steve typed in Washington D.C. just for fun.)
The girls had fun with an electronic game that allowed them to build their own solar system.

I am not at all a space aficionado, but this exhibit was fascinating. I look forward to returning to it again and again over the next few weeks. There are also star viewing parties, book clubs on space themed books, speakers from NASA, space themed art activities for both adults and kids, children's programs, rocketry classes, and many other activities scheduled. Our library rocks! If you live anywhere near, don't miss out on this exhibit.

I love birthdays!

the ladybug cake

The Ladybug Sisters

Sisters

Sisters
Jie Jie and Mei Mei

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Peeking through the windows

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Katherine and her toothless smile

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
The little one leads the way