This summer, the Lewes Public Library has joined more than 16,000 libraries across the country celebrating space exploration through their summer reading programs, A Universe of Stories.
This slogan was chosen by library professionals to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own stories. It also coincides with NASA’s 60 years of achievement and its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
All are welcome to a screening of the documentary film series “Moon Machines, Part 4, The Lunar Module” at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 11.
A post-screening discussion will be moderated by Bill Newcott, former space science editor at National Geographic Magazine. He trained in Houston with John Glenn prior to his return to space and is a recipient of the Space Writers Association Award of Excellence.
Jack Clemons, local writer and author of “Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home,” will give a presentation at 6 p.m., Friday, July 12. Clemons will provide an informative, entertaining account of his responsibilities as one of the young engineers working on NASA’s Apollo Moon Program. He 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. His book will be for sale by Browseabout Books and Clemons will sign copies.
All programs are free of charge, open to the public and take place at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave. in Lewes. Registration is requested; go to www.lewes.lib.de.us, call 302-645-2733, or stop by the circulation desk. Walk-ins are welcome.