CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — It’s not every day that you get to see a piece of the moon in your town. Librarians at the Champaign Public Library hope that artifact, part of a larger space exhibit, will inspire people to reach for the stars this summer.
The library’s summer reading program is called “The Sky’s the Limit.” Children, teens, and adults all participate in the program; no specific books are assigned, but librarians have flagged titles with science and space-related themes. The library will also provide programming related to outer space, including a talk next week by Phil Plait, an astronomer and head science writer for “Bill Nye Saves the World” [Tuesday, July 11th, 7:00pm].
This year’s summer reading program, sponsored byt he Library Friends, will also include opportunities to win prizes, including a telescope or a chance to name a star (bit.ly/cpl-reading-club). Other grand prizes include: • 5 rocket-shaped play tents for infants and preschoolers ($25 value) • 5 home planetariums for school-age kids ($35 value) • 3 telescopes and planetarium memberships for teens ($250 value) • A telescope ($400 value), coffee table books, and a chance to name a star (for the grown-ups).
Three events will help bring summer reading to a close in August.
• Aug 9, Food Truck Rally & Summer Reading Celebration, 4:30-7:30 pm
• Aug 14, The Sky’s the Limit! with Astronaut Mike Foreman, 7:00 pm
• Aug 21, Eclipse Magic: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, 12:00-2:00 pm
To learn more about what’s happening at the Champaign Public Library, visit their web site: www.champaign.org.