West Carroll: Taneytown library turning eye to space for Summer Discovery Celebration

The last day of school is just six days away, at which point I will have a sophomore on my hands. A sophomore who, along with many of her classmates, has dreams of the “perfect sophomore summer,” including plans to linger on the beach, travel, and a hodgepodge of adventures

I was hoping for a more leisurely, lingering few weeks before school starts up again. Who am I kidding?

For students playing fall sports the season starts nearly a month before classes. I am finding out the sports season is year-round. When you have an athlete in the family, there is no summer break!

I admit, I’ve had a fascination for space travel since I fell in love with “Star Trek,” the TV series that first aired in 1966. Just three years later, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history by being the first humans to step on the surface of the moon. Thanks to the “Star Trek” franchise, I can enjoy what could very well be the future of space exploration and pass my fascination for space travel on to the next generation.

It is amazing to me that there are six humans living in a tiny space station orbiting the earth every 90 minutes. I get updates on my cellphone letting me know when the six-member crew of the International Space Station will fly over in a visible sighting. (The station’s trajectory is such that it flies over every hour and a half, but sightings are dependent on the reflection of the sun off the ISS panels.) If you want to learn more about or follow the International Space Station, check out www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html.

And if you want to learn more about space from this spot on the Earth, you could go to the Summer Discovery Celebration, which kicks off Thursday, June 20, and runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Discover more about outer space when you attend a variety of events at the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library, including Robotics: A Space Mission (June 21) and “Escape Room: Help Get the Hubble Back” (June 29).

You won’t want to miss the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon. NASA’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing webcast event is scheduled for July 15, and One Giant Leap: The First Moon Landing is scheduled for July 16.

Space not your thing? There are plenty of events scheduled through the summer that cater to kids of all ages. These events are scheduled at several county locations. Check out the library calendar on the library webpage at: https://ccpl.librarymarket.com/events/month for event locations, times, age requirements, fees, and if advanced registration is required.

It’s West Carroll carnival time!

The Taneytown firemen’s carnival is on now through June 15, and the Harney carnival is set for June 24 through 29.

And don’t forget…

Lions Club to hold free hearing screenings is this Friday, June 14, 9 a.m. to noon at the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library, at 10 Grand Drive. The screenings will be conducted by Healthy Hearing and Balance of Westminster. For more information, contact Barbara at 410-795-3167.

The Main Street Taneytown 8th annual Wine, Brew and Music Festival Fest on June 15 11 at 4 p.m. at Memorial Park. Food, fun and music for the whole family!

The Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association will host the 2019 Hudson Car Show at the site of the original Hudson dealership, now serving as the Taneytown museum, at 340 E. Baltimore St., on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Taneytown farmer’s market is every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 501 E. Baltimore St. See more on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/TaneytownFarmersMarket/posts/?ref=page_internal.

I am always looking for West Carroll events. If you have upcoming events you’d like to see written about in my column, send me an email!

Gabrielle Schoeffield covers Taneytown, Union Bridge, New Windsor and neighboring communities. Reach her at gabrielle.copeland.schoeffield@gmail.com.

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