Westfield Washington Public Library to host variety of special summer events


Westfield Washington Public Library will have a variety of space-themed and special events this summer.

Nancy Haggard, WWPL children’s department manager, is particularly excited about “Star Wars Day with Star Wars Indiana.” which is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15. 

There will be photo ops with members of Star Wars Indiana or Bloodfin Garrison, a legion of dedicated “Star Wars” enthusiasts wearing screen-accurate costumes. Haggard expects it will be popular with all ages.

The Link Observatory is presenting “The Eagle Has Landed: The Extraordinary Flight of Apollo 11,” at 6 p.m. June 24.

“Stargazing” will be from 8 to 10 p.m. June 11 at Freedom Trails park. Haggard said Steve Haines from the Indiana Astronomical Society will teach participants how to use a telescope and how to find the stars.

There are two weeks of Space Camp, limited to 30 children, set for June 17-21 and July 22-26. Cost is $50. It is designed for ages 6 through middle-school aged.

“Space Food” takes place at 6 p.m. July 30. It’s an hour-long program featuring ready-to-eat meals and freeze-dried meals.

“It’s a fun, educational program to see how astronauts eat in space and sample foods that originate with the space program,” Haggard said. “There are meals that are magnetically attached, so you don’t have forks flying around.”

For adults, the Mutual UFO Network of Indiana will speak about UFOolgy in Indiana at 6:30 p.m. July 10.

A popular non-space themed event is Snakehead Ed and Python Pals, which is set for 6 p.m. July 9. Free tickets are require through registration on the library website.

“Everyone always asks if we are going to have Snakehead Ed again,” Haggard said. “Well, yes we are.”

Super Summer Saturday Morning programs with Evan’s Cold-Blooded Critters is set for 11 a.m. June 8, June 22, July 6 and July 20.

“He’s going to show frogs, snakes and other cold-blooded critters and how to care for them,” Haggard said. 

There will be three Silly Safari sessions with Amazon John programs at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. June 14.

A Bicycle Expedition at Asa Bales Park for families is at 1 p.m. June 4. Participants must pre-register and sign a waiver to participate. Helmets are required.

A Blast Off to Magic Show is set for 10:30 a.m. June 25. Free tickets are required.

Starting June 8, every Saturday through July 27 there will Story Castle Cinema, featuring space-themed movies at 1 p.m.

For teens, the library will show the movies “Guardians of the Galaxy” at 2 p.m. June 26 and “Thor: Ragnorak” at 2 p.m. July 24.

For more and full list of events, visit wwpl.lib.in.us.

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