LEOMINSTER — Explore the night sky as you learn to identify constellations, stars, and more at the “Ocean Worlds in our Solar System” event, hosted by the Leominster Public Library and the Aldrich Astronomical Society, of Paxton.
The event, appropriate for children ages 5 to 12 and their families, will be held at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St.
If weather is inclement, the program will be held inside the Leominster Public Library, 30 West St.
“We always enjoy collaborating with other community organizations, because very often they have a wealth of knowledge on a specific topic, that we can have them share with children and families,” said Sarah Chapdelaine, Head of Children’s Services, Leominster Public Library. “With this program, we may not be able to answer all of the questions participants have about constellations, the solar system etc. but by collaborating with the Aldrich Astronomical Society, we have qualified people who can.”
Ocean worlds are planets, moons and rocky bodies in our solar system where there are large amounts of water. Many of Saturn and Jupiter’s moons — including Enceladus and Europa, respectively — have long been suspected of having oceans concealed beneath their surfaces.
There will be handouts, displays, space artifacts to see, and chances for children to win spacey prizes.
“Programs like this are important because you never know what type of program is going to spark an interest with a child,” said Chapdelaine. “That interest can turn into a lifelong enjoyable hobby, or even help them discern what they would like to do later in their life for employment.”
“We want children to be able to attend as many programs as they can, to give them a well-rounded understanding of the world around them,” she added.
The library staff asks that all who will be attending the program to please register. For more information, or to register, call the library at 978-534-7522. This program is supported by a grant from the Leominster Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.