Library to commemorate 50th anniversary of moon landing

LOCK HAVEN –Fifty years ago, mankind made history by landing on the moon. This summer, the Ross Library will commemorate that event with a summer reading theme of space. Programs and events will involve outer space, and the public is invited to attend.

On July 18, at 7 p.m., LHU professor Kevin Range will be at the Ross Library. Professor Range will discuss the mining of asteroids, how it’s done and why we should consider doing it. Asteroid mining isn’t just for Bruce Willis anymore.

On July 19, at 7 p.m., Lou Bernard will give his “Space and Science” tour as part of the annual summer history tour series. This tour will feature downtown Lock Haven, and all of the contributions the community has made to scientific research and the space program. Other tours will be held every Friday evening in July at 7 p.m., and each one will have a different route or theme.

Join the Ross Library from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday night, August 12, to look for meteors. The Perseid meteor shower peaks at that time, and may have up to 150 visible meteors each hour. The front lawn of the Ross Library will be open along Main Street to gather and watch for meteors in this fun, informal evening. Participants may bring a lawn chair or blanket and wait on the library’s lawn to view the meteor shower. Looking due north, the chances are good.

If you were lost, could you find your way home? Could you signal for help? Could you find food and water? On Monday, August 19, at 7 p.m., come and learn how to survive. Lou Bernard will be teaching the basics of outdoor survival using the sky and stars. Bernard, an Eagle Scout and outdoor enthusiast, will demonstrate how to use the sky to navigate, request assistance, and provide the basics for survival in the outdoors.

The library welcomes everyone into the monthly book club, the Book Brigade. On the last Saturday of each month, the club meets at 10 a.m. to discuss a book and its related topics, drink coffee, and socialize. On July 27, the story is “Summerson Mountain Hy” by Leonard Parucha, and on August 31 “Impact” by Douglas Preston.

As a wrap-up to a space-themed summer, join the Ross Library for an End-Of-Summer UFO Watch! Learn how to scientifically investigate a UFO sighting, view the methods and equipment of a UFO investigator, and see methods from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Mutual UFO Network. The event will be on the third floor on August 29, from 6-8 p.m.

Unless otherwise stated, all programs are free and open to the public. To register for a program or get more information, contact the Ross Library at 570-748-3321 or ross13@rosslibrary.org. The Annie Halenbake Ross Library is a member of PA Forward and is a Clinton County United Way partner agency.