For three nights in a row in September, astrophysicist Kevin Manning will amaze families with tales of the universe as the public libraries in Tolland, Willington and Ashford join forces to bring his “Look Up to the Stars!” program to eastern Connecticut..
Manning, a retired NASA consultant, will present three different programs on astronomy thanks to this unusual partnership between the Tolland Public Library, the Willington Public Library and the Babcock Library in Ashford.
All three programs begin at 7 p.m., are free, family-oriented and suitable for children 10 years or older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The programs will last one and a half hours to two hours. Weather permitting, they will include outdoor presentations by Manning using a powerful telescope.
Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Tolland Public Library
“The Great 2012 Scare: Fact vs. Fantasy”
Is the Earth doomed on Dec. 21, 2012? Is the ancient Mayan calendar that predicts its demise correct? Manning will reveal the fiction and the truth about doomsday predictions.
His visit to the library at 21 Tolland Green is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation as part of its “Year of the Young Adult” initiative to bring more young adults back to their public library.
To register, call 860-871-3620.
Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Willington Public Library
“Road Map to the Stars – the Night Sky Explained”
When you wish upon a star, wouldn’t it be nice to know which star it is and what constellation it lies in? Manning will offer hands-on activities using star charts to identify key objects in the night sky. His visit is sponsored by the Friends of the Willington Public Library.
Registration is not required, but call 860-429-3854 for more information.
Note: this presentation will be held at the Willington Old Town Hall on the green.
Friday, Sept. 14 at the Babcock Library in Ashford
“Astronomy for Everyone – Size and Scale of the Universe”
Manning will explain the size of the universe and describe celestial wonders using hands-on activities. His visit, to be held at the library at 25 Pompey Hollow Road, is made possible by the Friends of the Babcock Library.
Registration is not required, but call 860-487-4420 for more information.