A Universe of Stories – Adult Summer Reading Programs

This summer 16,000 libraries across the country will celebrate space exploration in their summer reading programs. The slogan “A Universe of Stories” was chosen by library professionals to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story.

This summer learning program also coincides with NASA’s 60 years of achievement and its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Below is a list of all the space-themed programming for adults being offered at the Library this summer.

All programs are free of charge and open to the public.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk. Walk-ins are welcome.


Thursday, May 30, 7:00 PM
Screening of Moon Machines, Part 1, The Saturn V Rocket
All are welcome to a screening of the documentary film series Moon Machines, Part 1, The Saturn V Rocket. Afterwards join us for a discussion moderated by Bill Newcott, former Space Science Editor at National Geographic Magazine, covering the U.S. space program’s then-current missions as well as its history. Bill trained in Houston with John Glenn prior to his return to space and is a recipient of the Space Writers Association Award of Excellence.
Online registration.

 

June 1 – 30
DEstination Space: Traveling Exhibition*
The library is hosting a traveling exhibit on the history of Delaware’s contributions to space exploration. While mainly focusing on the Apollo and shuttle programs, this exhibit also includes the stories of the first Delaware astronomers and even current research being conducted in the state.
This exhibit is in the library lobby and may be viewed at any time the library is open during the month of June.
*This program is made possible by Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

Wednesday, June 12, 1:00 PM
Presentation on Theodore C. Freeman
All are welcome to a presentation by Joanne Guilfoil on Theodore (Ted) Freeman.
Fish spotting – that was Ted’s first paying job as a pilot in 1947. He was finishing high school in Lewes with his best friend Joe Hudson, who still lives near by. They flew Stinson aircraft over the Bay looking for menhaden, dropping jars with notes to boat captains. Ted flew his entire life, first as a fighter pilot in the Air Force, then for NASA as an astronaut. He is known as “the first astronaut to die in the line of duty”… but there is so much more to his story.
Joanne is the author of Flying Over Delmarva, a coffee table book filled with color photos of many types of aircraft from all over Delmarva. Joanne first learned about Ted from Joe Hudson, when Joe still visited the aero maintenance shop where she volunteers,” sweeping up” like he used to do. Joanne was repainting the nose art on the B-25 housed and writing Flying Over Delmarva. Joe and Ted are portrayed in this book.
Joining Joanne will be Hazel Brittingham, Lewes historian and school teacher who will share her memories of Ted.
Copies of the book will be available for sale by Browseabout Books and Joanne will sign copies.
Online registration.

 

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 PM
Screening of Moon Machines, Part 3, The Navigation Computer
All are welcome to a screening of the documentary film series Moon Machines, Part 3, The Navigation Computer. Afterwards join us for a discussion moderated by Bill Newcott, former Space Science Editor at National Geographic Magazine, covering the U.S. space program’s then-current missions as well as its history. Bill trained in Houston with John Glenn prior to his return to space and is a recipient of the Space Writers Association Award of Excellence.
Online registration.

 

Tuesday, June 18, 3:00 PM
Spacesuit presentation by Bill Ayrey from ILC Dover
Bill Ayrey will provide a presentation on the space suits that NASA has outfitted our astronauts with since the Apollo program. As a 41-year employee and company historian for ILC Dover, manufacturer of all the NASA space suits, it has been his responsibility to oversee all space suit testing. His talk will include the details as to why we need to wear space suits as well as the history of the Apollo program and the suits used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin 50 years ago when they took the first steps on the moon in their suits built right here in Delaware.
Online registration.

 

Thursday, June 27, 7:00 PM
Screening of Moon Machines, Part 5, The Space Suit
All are welcome to a screening of the document film series Moon Machines, Part 5, The Space Suit. Afterwards join us for a Q&A with Bill Ayrey of ILC Dover, the company that designed the Apollo space suits. The Q&A will be moderated by local author Jack Clemons.
Online registration.

 

Thursday, July 11, 7:00 PM
Screening of Moon Machines, Part 4, The Lunar Module
All are welcome to a screening of the documentary film series Moon Machines, Part 4, The Lunar Module. Afterwards join us for a discussion moderated by Bill Newcott, former Space Science Editor at National Geographic Magazine, covering the U.S. space program’s then-current missions as well as its history. Bill trained in Houston with John Glenn prior to his return to space and is a recipient of the Space Writers Association Award of Excellence.
Online registration

 

Friday, July 12, 6:00 PM
Apollo: Safely to Earth
Join us for a presentation by Jack Clemons, local writer and author of Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home.
An informative and entertaining account of Jack’s responsibilities as one of the young engineers working on NASA’s Apollo Moon Program, the greatest adventure of our times. Jack will include vintage photographs and anecdotes drawn from his time as a lead engineer supporting the Apollo astronauts during their return flight from the Moon. He’ll also share some little known stories about the teamwork and technology that made Apollo 11 a success and saved the Apollo 13 mission from near disaster.
Copies of his book will be available for sale by Browseabout Books and Jack will sign copies.
Online registration.

 

Friday, July 26, 7:00 PM
Screening of Moon Machines, Part 2, The Command Module
All are welcome to a screening of the document film series Moon Machines, Part 2, The Command Module. Afterwards join us for a Q&A with local author and former Apollo lead engineer, Jack Clemons, who appears in this episode. The Q&A will be moderated by Bill Ayrey of ILC Dover, the company that designed the Apollo space suits.
Online registration.

 

Friday, August 9, 4:00 PM
“Ask a Scientist” Panel
Join us for an adult only Q&A session about space and science in general. Our guest specialists will answer any and all audience questions about those scientific, engineering and technology things you’ve always wondered about but have never been able to ask an expert. We’ll have a lot of fun doing it, and we’ll record it as a video podcast for the show Mythwits that you can watch again when you get home!
Panel participants include Jack Clemons (author of Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home), Bill Ayrey (ILC Dover), and Doug Miller (University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean & Environment). Panel moderator is Peter Bryant (Æther Forge Creations).
Online registration.

 

Thursday, August 15, 7:00 PM
Screening of Moon Machines, Part 6, The Lunar Rover
All are welcome to a screening of the documentary film series Moon Machines, Part 6, The Lunar Rover. Afterwards join us for a discussion moderated by Bill Newcott, former Space Science Editor at National Geographic Magazine, covering the U.S. space program’s then-current missions as well as its history. Bill trained in Houston with John Glenn prior to his return to space and is a recipient of the Space Writers Association Award of Excellence.
Online registration.

 

Friday, September 6, 7:00 PM
Lunar, Saturn and Jupiter viewing with Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation
inclement weather date of Saturday, September 7
Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation will set up telescopes outside the library. All ages are invited to come learn about the moon, Jupiter and Saturn.
While you’re waiting your turn at the telescope, join us in making s’mores over our fire pit.
Online registration.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be on Saturday, September 7 – check our website and Facebook page for updates.