June 11th, 2009

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Moon and Space-Related Programs at the Main Library in July


Date: June 11, 2009
Contact: Barbara Miller, 954-357-7443, bmiller@browardlibrary.org

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of when man first walked on the moon, July 20, 1969, the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, is offering special space related programs for the whole family in July.

On permanent display, on the sixth floor, is a moon rock from the Apollo 15 mission and life-sized astronauts. This moon rock is an Ambassador of Exploration Award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) given to the Broward County Libraries Division by Susan Eisele Black, the wife of Astronaut Donn F. Eisele who occupied the command module pilot seat for the 11-day flight of Apollo 7. Apollo 7 was the first manned mission in the Apollo program to be launched. A 20-minute video of Apollo 7’s contributions to the space race can be viewed at the moon rock exhibit.

Library customers may win a prize by answering 3 questions about the moon rock exhibit. Entry blanks are at the exhibit. The moon rock exhibit is sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation.

On the first floor of the Main Library is a Space Shuttle Replica titled Achievement and Opportunity: A Proud Heritage, A Boundless Future from Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. This 8-foot uniquely painted space shuttle model is part of Shuttles Orbiting the Space Coast, a community art program developed by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) to celebrate 50 years of NASA history. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle, which will replace the space shuttle when it is retired at the end of 2010.

On the second floor, learn about the history of the Fox Astronomical Observatory, one of the largest amateur observatories in the Southeastern US. This display is sponsored by the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association (SFAAA) in honor of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. The Fox Observatory is located inside Broward County’s Markham Park at 16001 West State Road 84, Sunrise.

In mid July, Sunworks solar themed artworks about the sun created by artists from around the world, will be on the display on the 6th floor. The 24 pieces in SunWorks were selected from over 500 submissions to the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory's Sunworks art contest. All entries had to have some thematic tie-in to the sun. Images of all media were accepted from around the world.

On July 8 the Main Library auditorium will show a special presentation from the Earth to the Moon series at 1 pm. See “We have Cleared the Tower,” “Spider,” and “Mare Tranquilitatis.” Library employee Corrine John, whose dad worked on the lunar module, will talk about her experiences growing up with a parent who worked for NASA .

On July 15 meet Aerospace Engineer George Haddad of NASA whose presentation will be “Forty Years -The Journey of Space Exploration,” at 2 pm on the 6th floor.

On July 18 there will be a solar viewing of the sun with special telescopes and an informational program, 10:30 am to noon. The sun will be viewed outdoors, from the 6th floor, weather permitting. Jim Stryder, Sunworks Liaison and NASA Soho (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) Project volunteer will guide persons on telescope viewing. Also, learn about “Sun Protection in Today’s Changing Environment” with skin care specialist Stephanie Clarke, 11 am, on the 6th floor.

All programs are sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation. For more information, call 954-357-7443.

Barbara Miller

Programming Manager

Broward County Library - Main Library

954-357-7443 Fax- 954-357-6122

bmiller@browardlibrary.org

Main Library
100 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301