Kids who are interested in space exploration can learn from experts at the Dayton Metro Library this summer. As part of the Library’s “Universe of Stories” Summer Challenge, DML is partnering with the Cincinnati Observatory to offer four fascinating, space-themed programs for kids and families. The free programs, “Stars & Constellations,” “Comets & Meteors,” “The Sun” and “Tour of the Universe,” will be offered at many different branch library locations throughout July. Children can count attendance at these programs toward their Summer Challenge goals.
“The Cincinnati Observatory is a great partner for our space-themed Summer Challenge,” said Julie Buchanan, Library Programming Manager. “Their presenters make space-related scientific concepts understandable and fun for kids.”
The Cincinnati Observatory Center is known as The Birthplace of American Astronomy. It was the first public observatory in the western hemisphere and it houses one of the oldest working telescopes. Recently restored, the Observatory is a fully functioning 19th century observatory used daily by the public and amateur astronomers.
The Library’s programs are free and open to children of all ages.
Combining astronomy with memorable ancient myths, this program will encourage students to research and write about the constellations. Finding your way around the sky has never been this fun! Recommended for grades K-6.
Tuesday, July 16 | 6 - 7 PM | Miami Township Branch Library
Did you know that Earth is frequently being struck by objects from space? See actual meteorites up close, and make a comet in the Library! Participants will learn about their structure, parts, and orbits while being able to touch a rock from space. Programs held at multiple Library locations from July 10 through July 20. Find a program near me.
The mass and energy of the Sun are astronomical. Using a portable solar projector, participants can safely look for sunspots and other solar activity. Learn about the Sun's nuclear explosions and how they impact Earth. Programs held at multiple Library locations from July 13 through July 20. Find a program near me.
Utilizing amazing simulation software, Cincinnati Observatory astronomer Dean Regas guides the audience through the mind-boggling scale of the universe. Rocket through space among billions of stars and galaxies, and return in time for dinner! Along the way you’ll stop at the Moon and individual planets, then jump to light speed and head to interstellar space. Adults and families are welcome. Please register in advance.
Tuesday, July 30 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM | Main Library, Eichelberger Forum