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A Universe of Stories at the library this summer

Posted on June 4, 2019 at 6:00 am

All summer long we’re exploring the planets and stars at the library during A Universe of Stories. For kids and families, the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company, The Zaniac, and Mobius Science Center all present programs to delight all.

Along with these entertaining and educational programs, we have STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs for kids, teens, and adults. Adults can learn more about astronomy from the Spokane Astronomical Society and from our staff picks booklist. Our Library of Things also has telescopes for check out!

And there’s even more. We invite you to have an out-of-this-world experience at the library this summer!

Kids & Family Programs | STEM for Kids, Tweens, & Teens | For Adults | Digital Resources, Booklists, & Library of Things


My Mother the Astronaut: To the Moon and Beyond!
Presented by Traveling Lantern Theatre Company
June 17–21

Aquarius can’t wait to go to NASA where her mom works as an astronaut. They visit Mission Control where she meets scientists and engineers and learns all about space travel. With her incredible imagination, Aquarius dreams of incredible journeys through the cosmos! Grades K–5

Find locations, days, and times on our online calendar.

Space Exploration
Presented by Mobius Science Center
Starting June 24

Explore space with hands-on activities brought to the library by Mobius Science Center. Some programs include the planetarium for even more space discovery. Grade K–5

Kids 8 and under must bring an adult. This program is sponsored by the Diane E. Zahand fund.

Find locations, days, and times on our online calendar.

Gravity Catastrophe
Presented by The Zaniac
July 8–12

This science show by The Zaniac is an explosive mix of juggling and fun. See his tornado of juggling skills combined with a whirlwind of physics knowledge, sure to make your brain howl in delight. Grades K–5

Find locations, days, and times on our online calendar.

Earth from Space

See amazing views of Earth from space. Vivid posters present rare views of events such as dust storms, forest fires, volcanic eruptions, and hurricanes. Come get a glimpse of what our planet looks like to astronauts traveling in space!

Earth from Space is brought to you courtesy of the United States Geological Survey and the Smithsonian Institution.

Beginning Saturday, Jun 15

Space Frontiers
Presented by NASA Solar System Ambassador Joe Bruce

Discover the history of human space exploration and catch a glimpse into NASA’s achievements for our planet. See an actual spacesuit, a glove from a Shuttle EVA suit, a small rocket steering thruster, a piece of Martian meteorite, and other artifacts from the space program. Joe Bruce shares his experiences of witnessing four Space Shuttle launches and the maiden launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy from the historic Launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All ages

Thursday, Sep 26, 7–9pm


Leap into Science: Balance

School’s out, so let’s do science! We’ll read stories about balance and be on the edge of our seats as we tackle hands-on experiments exploring the concept of balance. All ages

Leap into Science programs were created by the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia.

Thursday, Jun 13, 10:30–11:30am

Build a Rocket

Build a simple rocket design, and then launch your rocket to measure how high it goes. We provide the materials. All ages

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2–3:30pm

Hands-on Building

Build your imagination with KEVA planks, straws and connectors, architecture blocks, and other construction materials. All ages

Friday, Jun 28, 2–3pm

Engineering with Cardboard
July 1–6

Build a rocket, space station, or interstellar landing module—the universe is the limit for this engineering extravaganza! We provide the materials. You bring your imagination. All ages

Find locations, days, and times on our online calendar.

Summer LEGO Clubs
June–August 2019

Inspire your imagination and keep your engineering and problem-solving skills sharp with an abundance of LEGO bricks. All ages

Kids 6 and under must bring an adult.

Find locations, days, and times on our online calendar.

Slime Time
June 18 – July 18

Explore the world of polymers with Radical Rick. Make your own slime to take home! Supplies are provided. Registration is required. Grades 4+

This program is sponsored by the Diane E. Zahand Fund.

Find locations, days, and times and register on our online calendar.

Deep Space Escape
June 25–August 15

While in deep space, you and your crew wake unexpectedly from your stasis chambers. You have 30 minutes to discover what’s gone wrong and regain control of your spaceship! Can you solve the puzzles and clues in time to survive? Registration is required. Ages 10+

Find locations, days, and times and register on our online calendar.

After Hours: Teen Video Camera Crew Intensive

When the library closes, we have the perfect after-hours setting to create a “what not to do with library materials” informational video. Learn how to light a scene, use a green screen, record video, monitor audio, and edit footage in Final Cut Pro X.

Registration and signed permission form are required. Grades 9–12

Friday, Jul 12, 5–10pm | REGISTER

Video Camera Crew Create: News Segment

Work with others as a camera crew to make a news segment. Learn to light a scene, use a green screen, record video, and edit video in Final Cut Pro X. Registration is required. Grades 4+

Friday, Jul 19, 12:30–4:30pm | REGISTER

Video Camera Crew Intensive: Visit Mars!

You’ve been hired by the Mars Adventure Travel Corporation! Create short commercials with your crew to persuade tourists to visit Mars. Learn to use a green screen and incorporate real images of Mars as the backdrop for your thrilling adventures in tourism. Registration is required. Grades 4+

Thursday, Aug 15, 12:30–4:30pm | REGISTER

Take It Apart

Curious about how things work? Now you can take them apart and demystify technology! Using basic tools, gloves, and safety goggles, we’ll take apart electronics, small appliances, and other devices donated by Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest. Though these gadgets no longer serve their purpose, they may still reveal secrets. Grades K+

Kids 8 and under must bring an adult.

Saturday, Sep 7, 10am–12pm


Astronomy at the Library
Presented by Spokane Astronomical Society
June 11–September 15

Learn how to use binoculars for stargazing and navigating the night sky. Bring a pair of binoculars for a spin and a viewing, conditions permitting. Adults

Find locations, days, and times on our online calendar.

Create with Glowforge

Your creative ideas come to life with Glowforge, the 3D laser printer. Glowforge uses a laser to cut, engrave, and carve designs into a lot of different materials, such as wood, acrylic, cardboard, and leather. Learn to create a design with software, and leave with a finished project. Registration is required. Ages 16+

Wednesday, Jun 5, 6:30–8:30pm | Event is full
Wednesday, Jul 10, 2:30–4:30pm | REGISTER
Saturday, Aug 10, 2–4pm | REGISTER

3D Printing Drop-In Hours

Stop by to see the 3D printer in action. Learn how to use Tinkercad software to create your 3D rendering. Get answers to your 3D printing questions.

Wednesdays, 3:30–5:30pm


World Book

It’s more than an encyclopedia! Keep your mind sharp all summer with experiments, activities, and games to build your brainpower. Visit

Science in Context

Get your science on! Learn about space exploration and astronomy this summer to impress family and friends. Visit

All about Space Booklist for Kids

Discover our universe with these books all about space, rockets, stars, planets, and more. Visit

Space & Astronomy Booklist

Explore the night sky with the help of these books about astronomy and space exploration. Visit

Check Out a Telescope

Our Library of Things now has three Orion telescopes donated by the Spokane Astronomical Society that you can borrow. Explore the moon, planets, and stars. Place a hold for a telescope online at

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