Featured Library: Chillicothe Public Library
ALA Public Programs Office | June 30, 2009
Update July 29, 2009: You can see photos from the library’s events on their Flickr site.
On July 7, visitors to the opening day of the traveling exhibit “Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery” with will see a great display indoors at the Chillicothe (Ill.) Public Library, and will be able to take their new astronomical knowledge outdoors to witness the second penumbral eclipse (PDF) of the year that evening. The “Visions of the Universe” exhibit, organized by the American Library Association’s Public Program Office in cooperation with the Space Telescope Institute Office of Public Outreach and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is a small-format exhibit focused on astronomy through the ages, ranging from Galileo’s initial findings to the most recent findings from the Hubble Space Telescope. The exhibit also marks the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, a celebration of astronomy’s contributions to society, highlighted by the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s achievement in using a telescope to study the starry skies.
Chillicothe Public Library scheduled related programming throughout July and early August. The first event will be an all-ages egg toss off the roof of the library, which will challenge participants to come up with the best packing material to protect the eggs from cracking. Stacy Shrewsbury, from the Challenger Learning Center in Bloomington, Illinois, will host a program discussing what astronauts do in space, what they eat, and other related topics. There will also be an interactive program in which participants will work to construct a telescope and a star finder. The exhibit will remain on display until September 4.
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