On July 20, 1969, millions of people gathered around their televisions to watch two U.S. astronauts do something no one had ever done before. Wearing bulky space suits and backpacks of oxygen to breathe, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first human beings to walk on the moon. After the two stepped onto the lunar surface, Armstrong proclaimed these famous words: “That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
We will be making one giant leap for library-kind at our Lunar Landing event on July 20, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this major accomplishment by dodging asteroids and navigating the darkside of the moon in a Moon Walk Obstacle Course. We'll also sort moon rocks, create a tinfoil moon, and launch straw rockets. We'll even send cows sling-shotting over the moon. (Can I get a Hey Diddle Diddle, y'all?)
To learn more about this historic moment, take a look at the always awesome DK Findout! You can also check out fact-filled books in the Kid Zone. Look for Dewey Decimal numbers 629.4 and 629.45. Biographies about Armstrong and Aldrin can be found under JB ARM and JB ALD. Want to find out how our state is celebrating? See what the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL has planned.