Library Corner: Beyond the library |

Library Corner: Beyond the library

Some dream of exploring space. Some get nervous just considering the idea of space. The best way to make a dream come true or rid yourself of jitters is to be prepared. Grand County Library District is here to do just that—get you prepared. GCLD has launched its eight-week Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories.

New books and movies, along with a variety of programs geared towards the numerous facets of space, will help iron out any jitters of space exploration. Or, make you appreciate gravity!

Not convinced? Start by reading with a young one, Once Upon a Star, which had critics raving: “The right ‘stuff’ for young readers who have wondered about the stars and about their place in space” (Kirkus). Then dive into Becoming an Astronaut, If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon or The Day the Universe Exploded My Head.

I surely would have been kicked out of any library of yore, as I oohed aloud over Scott Kelly’s photos from space in Infinite Wonder. All branches offer books with a focus on photos of and from space. Enjoy!

Are you hesitant about comics or graphic novels? Start with Good Night, Planet by internationally renowned cartoonist Liniers. Booklist cheered, “Enchanting!” On the last page are “Tips for Parents and Teachers: How to Read Comics with Kids,” which provide excellent suggestions. Books like Space Cows, or any book with loads of art, is a fantastic opportunity to have conversations with your developing reader. Start with open-ended questions like, “What is happening in this picture?”

Check out any Star Wars adventure books and compare your childhood Sci-Fi experiences with how your child views the franchise. Let the discussion develop and enjoy the beauty of your child’s imagination.

GCLD’s collection of non-fiction books has grown for all ages. Space Travel, Moon Landings, Looking for Another Earth, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race or The Space Barons are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to books that will keep you intrigued.

In between reading about missions to Mars, asteroids, and searching for another Earth, register for our incredible FREE programs at Bring your curiosity and creativity to Mad Science workshops, Comix Club with Mr. V, and making a Solar System bracelet. Participate in a “Leave No Trace” hike and explore the night sky with a NASA Ambassador. Middle Park 4-H will present the Blast-Off! 4-H Rocketry program, teaching how to build a bottle rocket and Take Flight! is a paper airplane competition led by an aerospace engineer.

Wow. Are you exhausted? Ready to sit back and watch a movie? You may want to put a hold on First Man, Apollo 11, Mission to the Sun, Wonder Dogs or The Martian.

All of this is FREE! Plus, when you complete the summer reading program, you could win an Apple Watch, an action movie camera, or more. Visit your local library and learn how we can link you to boundless opportunities

Tallie Gray is director of library resources for the Grand County Library District.

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