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Posted on: May 29, 2019

SPACE – “A Universe of Stories” Theme for 2019 Summer Reading Program at Unger Memorial Library

Universe of Stories Poster

This year’s theme is Space, with the tagline “A Universe of Stories” describing books, events and crafts for preschool through adult.

“In previous years we have limited the summer reading programs to children, mainly preschool through fifth grades, but this year we are also going to add a few programs that will be for teens and adults,” said Cynthia Peterson, Chief Librarian of Unger Memorial Library.  “The theme of space was no accident since this summer marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Most adults over the age of 55 will remember this event and we thought it would be fun to include some programs and book discussions for combined teen and adult groups.”

The children’s programming will include demonstrations of drones and remote-controlled planes, paper airplanes, and straw rockets showing participants the physics of flight.  The paper airplane demonstration will culminate two weeks later with “The Great Paper Airplane Competition” on Wednesday, June 19th. Children in grades K-2 and 3-5 groupings will compete in duration, distance, and acrobatics with paper airplanes they have designed themselves. 

The Science Spectrum in Lubbock will also do two traveling programs at the Library – one on stargazing in the Texas night sky on Monday, June 10th and the other devoted to how astronauts live and work in space on Monday, June 24th.  The children will also be treated to the music of Andy Mason, who promises to sing a song or two about space.  The last program of the summer will be our annual Zumba program held on Friday, June 28th.

The children will also be split into three groups for stories and arts and crafts to enable more age-appropriate books and stories as well as crafts.  Placement in groups will be based on the school year just ending to allow for children to have basic and advanced reading skills, as well as those who have not yet begun to read. 

“Previously the lower grades were combined with the preschoolers and that is not an optimum grouping,” continued Peterson.  “So this summer preschoolers will be in a separate group.  Then there will be two older reading groups – one group containing those who have just finished Kindergarten, first, and second grades and another reading group containing those who have just finished third, fourth, and fifth grades.”

The teen and adult program will include book discussions on favorite fiction and non-fiction books about space each Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. On Friday, June 7th, adults and teens are invited to a program by Dr. Erin Heath from Wayland about space movies prior to 1969. Participants will then be able to watch the original 1953 version of War of the Worlds with a discussion to follow.  The event will be held at the Fair Theater (717 Broadway) and admission is $2.00 and concessions will be available.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program or Unger Memorial Library, contact Cynthia Peterson at 806.296.1149 or

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