Join the September Reading Challenge!

Join the September Reading Challenge!

NASA’s Artemis Project: To the Moon, Mars, and Beyond!

During September, Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library will participate in the “NASA’s Artemis Project: To the Moon, Mars, and Beyond!” reading challenge sponsored by the Space Science Institute.

Read at least 20 minutes a day or a total of 10 hours or more September 1 – 30, and keep track of your reading in the Beanstack app during the challenge. Hundreds of libraries across the nation will be reading and learning alongside us for a chance to win circulation backpacks of STEM-related resources from the Space Science Institute. If we win, the backpacks will be added to our collection so they may be checked out with a Library Card.

This program highlights NASA’s upcoming first mission of the Artemis spaceflight program, which is currently being readied! In ancient Greek mythology, Artemis was the goddess of the Moon and twin sister to the sun god Apollo. Much like NASA’s Apollo program, which took humans to the Moon in the 1960s and 1970s, the Artemis program will take humans back to the Moon and prepare us for traveling to Mars and beyond for the first time.

Learn more about the Artemis program and NASA’s plans for a new generation of crewed spaceflight by completing the activity badges in this reading and activity challenge!

Each badge will earn drawing tickets for posters, books and more. Sign up today on Beanstack!

Come to Fun Programs

Sign up for the following programs on our September and October Events calendar here.

NASA Teen Community Service: Cloudspotting Project
Tuesday, 9/6 @ 5:00-6:30PM
Wednesday, 9/28 @5:00-6:30 PM
Teen Program
Hussey Room

Teens, join us to earn community service hours and help NASA in the process! We will be using NASA’s online tools to help scientists identify clouds on Mars and other natural phenomena in our galaxy. Please bring your own internet-accessible device. Laptops are highly recommended for ease of use. Refreshments will be provided.

Paint the Moon Night (Teen & Adults)
Tuesday 9/13 @ 6:30-7:30PM
Teen and Adult Program
Hussey Room

Join Crystal in a self-led demonstration on how to paint an outer space painting. If you are enjoying the Artemis Reading challenge… then challenge yourself to paint one or two different moon scenes. All materials will be provided for you. Registration is required.

Preschool STEM Storytime: Gravity
Friday, 9/16 @ 10 – 10:45 AM
Ages 3 – 6
Mayfield Rooms

Learn about gravity and how astronauts will have to defy gravity to get to the moon for the Artemis project! We’ll play in our preschool “lab” with various items and see how gravity affects common things that we have around our houses! Registration is required.

Spec-Fi Book Chat
Monday, 9/19 @ 6:30-7:30PM
Adult Program
Conversation Corner

Calling all fans of Speculative fiction to attend the first meeting of the Spec-Fi Book Chat. This new discussion group will focus on different subgenres of speculative fiction each month. Bring your favorite book about the Moon, Mars, or Space exploration. Be prepared to discuss why you like it and summarize the book.  This first meeting will be led by a librarian who will help guide the conversation. Light refreshments will be provided.

STEM Drop-in Activity Stations
Wednesday, 9/21 & 9/28 @ 4- 5:30 PM
K-5th Grades
Mayfield Rooms

Learn about the Artemis program and STEM skills needed to go to the Moon, Mars and Beyond. Test your coding ability with the CODE Mouse to get to a target, design an astronaut transport system, create your own impact craters and more with NASA-inspired projects.

Create Your Own Galaxy T-shirt
Thursday, 9/22 @ 6:30-7:30PM
Teen Program
Hussey Room

Join us to create a galaxy t-shirt, learn a little about the galaxy, constellations and solar systems, and leave with your own fashion design. We will provide the fabric paints, bleach, and instructions. You will need to bring your own clean black cotton or cotton blend t-shirt. Registration is required.

Space Romp and Stomp
Friday, 9/30 @ 10-10:30AM
Birth to 5 years
Mayfield Rooms

Join the youth librarians for Space-themed music and movement! We’ll do some orbiting and spin on our axes and just have an out-of-this world time! Registration required.

Apollo 13: 1/2 Way to the Last Man on the Moon: A Presentation by David Newill
Thursday, October 6th @ 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Teen and Adult Program
Hussey Room

December 14, 2022, marks 50 years since the last humans walked on the Moon. Only two years earlier, the crew of Apollo 13 experienced and survived a series of near disastrous events on their way to the Moon. Our speaker Dave Newill, noted aerospace historian, former USAF pilot, engineer and executive, will amaze you with the original Mission, the series of near-miss malfunctions and the true miracles that combined to bring the crew safely back to earth.

Observe the Moon Night
Saturday, 10/8 @ 7:30 – 8:30PM
All Ages Program
Mulberry Fields, Zionsville

Celebrate Observe the Moon Night with the Indiana Astronomical Society at Mulberry Fields, Zionsville! Speak with professional astronomers, observe the moon through a telescope and participate in a moon-inspired craft for all ages. Join us an hour earlier at 6:30 to enjoy a presentation on Bats of Indiana by the Zionsville Nature Center!

Participate with NASA Selfies

Download the NASA Selfies App from your app store and post pictures of yourself from outer space! Tag us @discoverhmmpl. Or drop by the Selfie Station at the Library, and we’ll take your picture using the app and provide it to you!