Celebrate Space!

Starting in November, the Library will celebrate space with a variety of programs and activities in honor of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which is due to launch on December 18, 2021. Webb will be the largest, most powerful, and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space. It will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.

Events

Rockets in the Park

Sunset Park
Friday, November 5, 4-5 p.m.

Join the Library! at Collister in Sunset Park for an afternoon of rocket creation and launching. Bring jackets and gloves as the weather will be chilly! For children ages 6-12 and their families.

Guest Lecture with Dr. Johanna Teske, Carnegie Earth and Planets Lab

Boise State Physics Department First Friday Astronomy

Friday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Virtual

Did you know that the Boise State Department of Physics has lectures on astronomy on the first Friday of each month? November’s presentation will feature Dr. Johanna Teske, an astronomer who will be among the first to use data from the Webb Space Telescope to answer questions about the universe. This lecture is free and open to the public.

View the lecture at http://boi.st/astrobroncoslive.

Stargazing in the Park

Sunset Park
Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

November is the perfect month for viewing the wonders of the night sky! The Boise Astronomical Society and members of Boise State University’s Physics Department will be on hand with telescopes for stargazing and can answer all your questions about astronomy. We’ll have NASA goodies to give away and glow-in-the-dark bracelets for kids. Dress for cold weather and bring a flashlight.

Note: If the sky is cloudy, this event will be moved to Thursday, November 11.

Guest Lecture with Dr. John O’Meara, Chief Scientist at the W.M. Keck Observatory

Tuesday, November 16, 7-8 p.m.
Virtual – Register on our calendar!

The Library is excited to present Dr. John O’Meara, Chief Scientist at the Keck Observatory in Hawai’i, for a lecture all about the James Webb Space Telescope. Dr. O’Meara has more than 20 years of ground and space-based observing experience and is a frequent panel member for NASA, National Science Foundation, and Space Telescope Science Institute proposals. He will provide an overview of the Webb program and give insights into the discoveries to be made with this amazing piece of engineering.

Other Programming

Celebrate Space Grab & Go Kits

Available at every Library location starting November 1, while supplies last. Kits are geared toward school-age children but can be enjoyed by families and adults as well.

Scavenger Hunt

Enjoy space-themed scavenger hunts at any Library location during the month of November.

James Webb Space Telescope Model, Display, and Photo Booth

Visit the Library! at Collister to see our large-scale James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) model along with an informative display of JWST images and fun facts.

Mars Colonization Story Window

Visit the Library! at Collister to view a science fiction-inspired visual story of how humans could terraform Mars into a habitable world.  

Make-It Activities

The Library! at Collister will have a self-guided, space-themed Make-It activities for kids inside the library in November and December.

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Library Director:  Jessica Dorr

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