Cushman Library continues space-themed activities

  • The Cushman Library will continue its space-themed summer this week with a string of events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Staff File Photo/Shelby Ashline

  • The Cushman Library is starting its fourth week of a six-week series filled with programs focused on space-themed learning goals. Staff File Photo/Shelby Ashline

Staff Writer
Published: 7/16/2019 6:01:22 PM

BERNARDSTON — The Cushman Library will continue its space-themed summer this week with a string of events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

As part of the national summer reading theme of “Space: A Universe of Stories,” libraries across the country are organizing events to teach children about space, rockets, planets and the stars through reading and activities.

The Cushman Library, at 28 Church St., is starting its fourth week of a six-week series filled with programs focused on these space-themed learning goals.

The Northfield Drive-In, off of Route 63 in Northfield, will partner with Cushman to host a double feature of space-themed movies on Thursday. The drive-in will screen “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” and “Apollo 13.” Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. with “E.T.” starting at 8:30 p.m.

“I saw Apollo 13 when it came out at this very drive-in,” recalled Cushman Library Director Karen Stinchfield. “It was a beautiful starry night.”

Cushman has partnered with Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield, Warwick Free Public Library, Jones Library in Amherst and others to organize the drive-in night. These libraries are all pre-selling tickets at a discounted rate for people with an active library card, from any library.

On Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Cushman will host Ed the Wizard, who will present a balloon crafting workshop, during which participants of all ages will learn to create aliens through the art of balloon twisting. Children ages 7 and up are invited to attend.

After the weekend, events will proceed on Monday at 6:30 p.m. with Cushman presenting “Create a Rocket or Spacecraft.” This workshop is designed for children and their adults to use recyclables and other materials to create their own spacecrafts.

“Parents love getting crafty, too. It’s fun for parents and kids to make something together,” Stinchfield said. “Its a chance for parents and their kids to have fun and make something together.”

Adults and teens can join in on these upcoming activities, as well as partake in the annual summer reading raffle, Stinchfield said. The raffle usually draws in more than a hundred participants.

“Any book that an adult or teen reads or listens to during the same six weeks as the kids’ program, they will win a ticket for the raffle,” Stinchfield explained. “This is a beautiful opportunity for adults to be good reading role models for their kids.”

All three workshops will require advance registration. The discount for the library night at the drive-in is for pre-sale tickets for anyone with an active library card; regular admission price will be charged at the door.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 264.




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