The Beatrice Public Library Book Discussion will feature Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects by Teasel Muir-Harmony. This National Geographic title showcases the historic space exploration program with photos of different objects that illustrate significant events that helped make the moon landing possible.
Along with the memorabilia, stories of people who made this dream a reality are shared with the reader. These include President John F. Kennedy, newsman Walter Cronkite and many NASA scientists. The Discussion Leader will be Dr. Charles Riedesel from the UNL Computer Science Department. He was in first grade when Sputnik was launched and graduated from High School the year that people landed on the moon.
He followed this with a College Astronomy Lab Assistantship for the two years immediately after this historic event. For people who remember, this is a chance to reminisce about where they were when men landed on the moon. For people who are too young to remember, it is a chance to hear the stories from people who do remember what happened fifty years ago on July 21, 1969. Copies of the book are available for loan from the Beatrice Public Library. For information about this program or any of the other special summer activities, contact the Library at www.beatrice.ne.gov/library or 402-223-3584.