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All Alexandria Reads, Alexandria Library’s signature community program is designed to create shared experiences through reading. Everyone is invited to read the featured title, The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel. Beginning April 11 and throughout the month of May, events and discussions related to the themes of The Astronaut Wives Club will be happening at various branches.

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  • Space StorytimeFRIDAY, APRIL 15, 10:30 AMBring the whole family for an imaginary trip into outer space with stories and songs (all ages).

    Apron Making & Recipe SwapTUESDAY, APRIL 19, 7 PMLike many housewives of the 60s, the Astronaut Wives were always cooking for their friends. Join us to make an apron out of household items and exchange recipes. Please call 703-746-1751 to register.

    Movie NightTHURSDAY, APRIL 21, 6 PMApollo 13 (1995 Universal Pictures) PGStranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert fight a desperate battle to survive. Based on a true story.

    PBS POV Documentary ScreeningFRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2 PMJoin us for the screening of the POV Documentary, The City Dark. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/POV). Slide ConservationMONDAY, APRIL 25, 10 AMIf you grew up in the 60s, chances are some of your family memories are stored on slides. Reserve a one hour session to convert some of those precious memories to digital. Please call 703-746-1751 to register.

    3,2,1 Blast Off! WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 4 PMMake your own paper rockets and shoot them high into the sky with our air rocket launchers (ages 8-12).

    Movie NightTHURSDAY, APRIL 28, 6:30 PMOctober Sky (1999 Universal Pictures) PGTrue story of a young boy growing up in Coalwood, West Virginia, during the 1950s, who dreams of building rockets.

    Mad Science ABCsSATURDAY, APRIL 30, 11 AMGet a head-start on your career as an astronaut with this fun science show for

    the whole family. Full of amazing and crazy experiments (all ages). Movie MatineeSATURDAY, APRIL 30, 1:30 PMThe Right Stuff (1983 Warner Bros.) PGThe true story of Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton-- the seven men chosen for the Mercury Project manned space flight program in the U.S.

    Voyage to the MoonTUESDAY, MAY 3, 11 AM & 1 PMPresented by Greg Anderson, join us in Cosmic Adventures mobile planetarium to learn about Earths closest neighbor...the moon. Space is limited. Please call 703-746-1751 to register (ages 4+).

    Recycled Alien CraftWEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 4 PMUse recycled materials to make your own unique alien to take home (ages 8+).

    Movie NightTHURSDAY, MAY 5, 6:30 PMGravity (2013 Warner Bros.) PG-13A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

    Family Movie Matinee SATURDAY, MAY 7, 11 AMTomorrowland (2015 Walt Disney Pictures) PGCome watch Disneys Tomorrowland on our giant screen and take home a free movie poster (all ages).

    Mothers Day TeaSUNDAY, MAY 8, 2 PMEnjoy drinking tea just like the Astronaut Wives? Join us to celebrate Mothers Day with sweet treats and a cosmic craft! Join us for a tea party just for mothers and their children. Please call 703-746-1751 to register (all ages).

    Slide ConservationMONDAY, MAY 9, 10 AMIf you grew up in the 60s, chances are some of your family memories are stored on slides. Reserve a one hour session to convert some of those precious memories to digital. Please call 703-746-1751 to register.

    BEATLEY CENTRAL5005 Duke Street

    AboutAll Alexandria ReadsFacilitated by the Alexandria Library, this program is designed to create shared experiences through reading. Everyone is invited to read the featured title and selected books for younger readers. Join the events and discussions that relate to the themes of The Astronaut Wives Club.

    AboutThe Astronaut Wives ClubFROM LIBRARY JOURNAL:Engaging[Koppel] hits the mark, crafting an exceptional story that seriously examines the imperfection and humanity of Americas heroic astronauts, their wives, and their families. This work will hold vast appeal for armchair historians, and those interested in feminism, womens history, and 20th-century history.

    SIMILAR READ-ALIKE BOOKS FOR YOUNGER READERS

    PICTURE BOOKMousetronautby Mark Kelly

    CHAPTER BOOKGeorges Secret Key to the Universeby Steven Hawking & Lucy Hawking

    YOUNG ADULTThe Martianby Andy Weir

    Library Events

  • Nebulas and Clusters and Galaxies, Oh My!SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2 PMJoin Cal Powell for this fun and interactive presentation and learn about wonders visible with binoculars or a modest telescope (all ages).

    Remembering the Real Space Cowboys: A Salute to the Husbands of the Astronaut Wives at the T.C. Williams PlanetariumTUESDAY, MAY 17, 7 PMRelive the space race from Sputnik to Apollo Soyuz. Uncover some of the behind the scenes stories that never made the front pages, and follow the adventures of our astronauts as they showed time and time again that they indeed had the right stuff. Space is limited. To register, please email planetarium@acps.k12.va.us. Registration begins on April 15.

    Recline & DineWEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 7 PMTV dinners revolutionized the 50s and 60s. Experience a modern take on this classic and an episode or two of a classic TV show. Space is limited. Please call 703-746-1751 to register (all ages).

    Train Like an Astronaut at the Charles Houston Recreation CenterTUESDAYS, APRIL 12-MAY 17, 3:30 PMGet moving with NASA activities used to exercise the same body parts as astronauts do in training and on missions in space. Presented in partnership with the Charles Houston Recreation Center (grades K-5).

    Saturday MatineeSATURDAY, APRIL 16, 1 PMThe Right Stuff (1983 Warner Bros.) PGThe true story of Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton-- the seven men chosen for the Mercury Project manned space flight program in the U.S.

    The Womens Movement in the 1960sMONDAY, APRIL 18, 7 PMDr. Leigh Johnson, Interim Director of

    Composition at Marymount University, will speak on the elements that contributed to the early second-wave Womens Movement.

    Archived Lecture: An Evening with Two AstronautsTUESDAY, APRIL 19, 7 PMIn this archived lecture from the National Air and Space Museum, astronauts John Glenn and Scott Carpenter talk about their space careers. The lecture originally occurred June 23, 2011, as part of the John H. Glenn Lecture in Space History Series.

    Childrens Movie MatineeWEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 4 PMThe Magic School Bus Gets Lost In Space (1994 Scholastic Productions) NRJoin Miss Frizzles class as they learn all about our Solar System in this episode of the classic TV series based on the books by Joanna Cole. (ages 5+)

    Blast Off!SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 10:30 AMCreate a spaceship that can fly using simple materials like paper plates (ages 5+).

    The Future of Human Space Flight MONDAY, APRIL 25, 7 PMJames Schier of NASAs Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate will discuss the past, present and future of human space exploration and space communications from the Mercury missions featured in the book to the ongoing planning for the human journey to Mars in the 2030s.

    Dress Like an Astronaut Wife:1960s FashionsMONDAY, MAY 2, 7 PMFashion historian Deb Fuller talks about the fabulous fashions of the 60s and brings vintage samples from Amalgamated Costume & Design Studio.

    The International Space Station:A Perspective from NASAs Mission ControlTUESDAY, MAY 3, 7 PMNASAs Kevin Metrocavage will provide an overview of the International Space Station (ISS), orbiting Earth since 1998, and currently hosting a crew of six astronauts. He will present his experiences as a former Flight Controller in Mission Control, discuss the ISS benefits to everyday life and explain its role

    in the future of human spaceflight. Childrens Movie MatineeWEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 4 PMThe Magic School Bus: Out of This World (1995 Scholastic Productions) NRTake another field trip aboard the Magic School Bus and learn about space rocks (ages 5+).

    Star Wars LegoSATURDAY, MAY 7, 10:30 AM Take one giant leap from the space program of the 1960s into a galaxy far, far, away, as you get creative with a large collection of Star Wars Lego and Duplo. (ages 5+)

    Rockin & Rollin with GrooveQuest BandSATURDAY, MAY 7, 1 PMHave a blast dancing to the music of the 60s and 70s performed by GrooveQuest (all ages).

    Sixties Dance PartyTHURSDAY, MAY 12, 4 PMGrab your love beads, put on your bell bottoms and get ready to dance with us to The Beatles, Motown and more groovy 60s favorites. (ages 3+)

    Archived Lecture: NASAs Legacy and Future: Personal Reflections of a Space FlyerSATURDAY, MAY 14, 11 AMIn this archived lecture from the National Air and Space Museum, NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. talks on his career and the future of the space program. The lecture originally occurred June 27, 2012 as part of the John H. Glenn Lecture in Space History Series.

    New Horizons Mission to Pluto and CharonTUESDAY, MAY 17, 7 PMMichael E. Summers, Professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy at George Mason University, will discuss the results from the New Horizons mission to Pluto and Charon, including the latest high resolution images downlinked from the spacecraft.

    Space STEAMSATURDAY, MAY 21, 10:30 AMCome and try some simple hands on experiments that explore energy and motion (ages 5+).

    BARRETT BRANCH717 Queen Street

    Library Events

  • BURKE BRANCH4701 Seminary Road

    Pajama StorytimeTHURSDAY, APRIL 14, 7 PMJoin us for a read aloud of the AAR picture book: Mousetronaut (ages 3-7 with an adult).

    Movie MatineeMONDAY, APRIL 18, 4 PMHome (2015 Twentieth Century Fox) PGWorlds collide when Oh, a life form from another planet, befriends a human girl named Tip (ages 5+).

    Survival at the Edge of SpaceTUESDAY, APRIL 19, 4 PMHow do high altitude pilots and astronauts survive at the edge of space? Join us as a NASA representative provides an exploratory look at density in space. (ages 6-13).

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