The Florence Community Library will host Kevin Manning, Astronomer, as he presents “Look Up to the Stars” on Saturday, May 31 at 2:00 pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  Enjoy “Astronomy for Everyone: The Size & Scale of the Universe,” as you go on an exciting voyage through the universe, from the very small to the very large! 

Astronomer Kevin Manning has worked as a consultant with: NASA, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory that launched on the space shuttle with the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and other ground-based observatories. He has won national and international awards in his field, was both a Wright Fellow and an Einstein Fellow, and did some work with Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has presented numerous workshops at libraries, observatories, and science centers, including presentations at Tufts University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, the National Science Teachers Association’s National Convention, American Association for the Advancement of Science Breakfast with Scientists, and the National Parks Service. 

Due to the anticipated turnout for this event, registration is strongly recommended. 

During the first week of June, the library is launching its weekly Summer Reading events.  On Monday June 2, the first set of trivia handouts is available for children and young adults.  On Tuesday at 2:00 pm, the library is hosting video games for teens, ages 13 and up.  On Wednesday at 10:00 am, there is Family Storytime, spotlighting Ashley Spires’ “The Most Magnificent Thing.”  On Thursday at 2:00 pm, families can complete a science painting craft.  Finally, the library is showing a family movie Friday at 1:00 pm, with free popcorn and drink. 

To sign up for any of these activities, or for more information, please contact the library at (520) 868-8311.