Summer in Space: NASA @ My Library

You might have noticed that there are lots of space themed programs happening at your local libraries over the past year. We had an amazing time during our eclipse watching parties last summer and enjoyed the night sky with the Richmond Astronomical Society during the late Fall and early Spring.


This past March, Varina Library hosted a wonderful event celebrating women in STEM fields, and more recently we’ve been exploring Mars with robots!

We aren’t slowing down anytime soon! Here are just a few the great NASA-themed programs we have coming up. These programs are part of the NASA @ My Library project, which aims to engage audiences nationwide with the wonder of NASA science and discovery through public libraries.

For adults:
The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater
June 6, 7:00 at Libbie Mill
The world’s 6th largest known impact crater is under the Chesapeake Bay at Cape Charles, VA. Hear the inside story from Greg Redfern, NASA/JPL Solar Ambassador, blogger of the daily astronomy blog “What’s Up?: The Space Place” and regular WTOP contributor.

For teens:
Intergalactic Fashion Workshops
July 19, 1:00 at Varina
July 21, 1:00 at Twin Hickory
July 26, 2:30 at Libbie Mill
Design a spacesuit that will keep you alive and on trend! Designers will get Tyvek suits as a base and then a variety of materials that can be applied to the suits. Each two-person Design Team will get a specific non-earth environment to design for (planetary or other space environment) as well as info on how NASA designs actual spacesuits! NASA has loaned the library a replica 1960s spacesuit and participants will be able to exam the suit for ideas. Use your formidable imaginations to create a prototype spacesuit and then show it off on the runway at the end of the workshop.

Registration is required and limited to 20 students in grades 6-12. Two-person teams will be matched up at the start of the workshop. If you wish to partner with a friend, you must both be registered for the workshop.

For Children:
Space Lab: Moon
June 27, 3:30 at Gayton
For ages 5+. Join us as we learn more about the moon. We will explore the surface of the moon through fun, hands-on activities and take photos “on the moon” with the use of a special green screen.

For Families:
Learn About the Perseid Meteor Shower
August 1, 7:00 at North Park
A representative from the Richmond Astronomical Society will discuss astronomy and meteor basics with a focus on the Perseid Meteor Shower which peaks in August.

There are many more NASA programs coming up this summer! You can find the full list here.