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It was one small step for man and… well, you know the rest. Those 13 defining minutes, watched and listened to by millions, changed the future of space exploration for the rest of time. Perhaps you remember that day, maybe it’s burned into your memory as a defining moment of scientific history. Maybe you were too young to understand the significance of the event, or like most of us just hadn’t been born yet.

This iconic moment happened 50 years ago this summer. While we’ve yet to return to the moon, our short time there helped shape our understanding of space. Almost every mission in space since the Apollo Mission, from the USA or otherwise, has been greatly aided by what was accomplished by the otherworldly exploration of the Apollo crew.

This summer your library will be celebrating space exploration, science fiction, and humanity’s drive to explore the unknown. We hope you can join us as we delve into all things spacey! Space themed family storytimes, a science fiction talk with Colorado Mesa University English Professor John Nizalowski, and alien (bioluminescent) animals with Natures Educators are just a few of the awesome programs you can expect from us this summer.

One of our biggest programs this summer is a real blast from the past. Whether you got to witness the incredible moment that we walked on the moon or not, you can relive it with us on the day of the 50th anniversary. This is a family-friendly event, perfect for all ages. Whether you just want to relive that day, want another chance to really see how cool it was, or if this will be your first time learning about it, we’d love to have you!

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, July 20, the library will be hosting a program titled Fly me to the Moon: The Apollo 11 Lunar Landing. This program, hosted by Richard Blake of STEMpunkEd, will be a re-creation of the day the earth stood still as we watched humans walk on the moon. Richard Blake will bring a multimedia rich presentation that includes several displays and dioramas demonstrating the technologies and accomplishments of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo Projects.

Whether you’re 5 or 105, whether you remember this day 50 years ago or weren’t even a thought, I hope you join the Montrose Library and STEMpunkEd to witness a re-creation of the Apollo 11 Journey, the Eagle’s Landing, and humanity’s first steps onto another world.

Sara Davis is a Youth Services Librarian at the Montrose Regional Library.

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