The marvel of space travel took center stage at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Wednesday evening, July 17, as New York Times bestselling author Robert Kurson shared a spellbinding account of humankind’s incredible journey to the Moon and the achievement of the Apollo 8 mission.
“Apollo 8 represents the first time human beings ever left home,” said Kurson, author of the critically acclaimed book, Rocket Men. “Apollo 8 was the greatest space story of them all, the most daring, the most dangerous and other astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, agreed with this.”
In a captivating presentation to an audience
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library celebrated FanCon’s fourth year as more than 800 residents of all ages stopped by the annual comic book and pop culture convention on Saturday, June 13.
Fans were dressed up in all sorts of fun costumes as they made their way throughout the library, participating in more than 20 different activities. From an intense Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament hosted by The Age of the Geeks that had 78 participants to fan-themed crafts, there was something for everyone at this year’s FanCon.
New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who is known
Summer started with a blast on Saturday, June 22, at a Space Launch Party celebrating the opening of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s Earth from Space exhibit and the Summer Reading Challenge program. Attendees of all ages participated in many space-related activities, including a planetarium. This life-size cardboard planetarium was created by the library's Summer Volunteer Squad teens, library volunteer Dan Raker, and staff. The planetarium reaches a total height of 10 feet and has a maximum capacity of 20 people per session.
The library blasted off into space at this year's annual Fourth of July Parade, where we celebrated with a custom-built spaceship float inspired by Summer Reading: It's Out There. Our parade entry also included the library's bookmobile and library sunglasses as giveaways. The parade float and the giveaways were made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library. Special thanks to all of the library staff and volunteers, library board members, Kids' World interns, and our Summer Volunteer Squad who helped represent the library during the parade and passed out library sunglasses to parade goers. A
Summer started with a blast for more than 300 people on Saturday afternoon with plenty of space-themed activities and a first look at the library’s new Earth from Space exhibit.
All of the fun was part of the library’s Space Launch Party, which took place throughout the library and gave attendees of all ages the opportunity to explore space in many different ways.
Customers visited the Earth from Space exhibit on the first floor, worked as a team on a space-themed scavenger hunt, created buttons, enjoyed activities in Kids’ World, discovered space-related mobile apps, and learned about telescopes and tested