The Ericson Public Library (EPL) will be having its second annual “Stories under the Stars” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 19 at the library.
“It’s open to all ages, and this is part of the NASA at my Library program,” Zach “Mr. Z” Stier, EPL children’s librarian, said. “So celebrate our galaxy, blast off with books and participate in fun space activities.”
There will be activities, a mixture of crafts, robot demonstrations, stories and NASA Ambassadors who will speak to youths.
“The NASA ambassadors that we currently have are Dr. Elywnn Taylor (weather expert), Christopher Soldat he’s a science specialist, and then we are bringing back Tomas Gonzalez-Torres he’s a former flight director at Johnson Space Center,” Stier said. “This year we have expanded it (the event) so that every floor of the library will have activities.”
New to the event this year will be a dome planetarium, Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus will be visiting and then youths can snack on a special treat from Hy-Vee.
“What’s really cool is we are going to have a school bus parked outside of the library and she’ll provide storytime on the school bus,” Stier said. “That’s (The Magic School Bus) really multi-generational.”
Stier said it will be a large event, but it completes the first year of the NASA at My Library program.
“We have the folks from Iowa State University (ISU) Cyclone Space Mining, they’re coming back and they … are also going to bring Bee-bot, for kids to program,” Stier said of some of the activities from the group. “I have to give a shout out to … DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College), Drake University Headstart, Sacred Heart Schools, Boone Schools, Boone YMCA, YSS Kid’s Club, Primary Healthcare, Genesis Development, Boone Homeschool Assistance Program, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, ISU Cyclone Space Mining, IPTV, the Boone YMCA Amazing Adventurers, Boone ACTION Association and the Ames Area Armature Astronomers.
“It’s going to be a good program.”