“And now the times are changin’. Look at everything that’s come and gone…”
There’s a reason why everyone is humming along to Bryan Adamsopens a new window these days. 50 years ago, on July 20, in the summer of '69, Apollo 11 touched down on earth’s moon. Astronaut and mission commander Neil Armstrong announced this historic landing with the words, “Houston, the Eagle has landed.” As the world watched on live-broadcast, he and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. descended the ladder and he placed the first human foot on the moon. “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” Armstrong said. And the world cheered.
It’s a moment that defined history and inspired generations.
This summer, we’re celebrating the anniversary of the first walk on the moon with Summer Reading: Mission to Read. opens a new window Join the celebration and soar to astronomical heights by breaking reading goals, attending themed events and programs and exploring new frontiers.
Register for Summer Reading
It’s not too late to launch a love of reading this summer. Blast off onlineopens a new window and start logging those minutes.
Read to infinity
Earn your minutes with some intergalactic-inspired reads like these:
- Kids (Age 0 - 5): To the Library and Beyond!opens a new window
- Kids (Age 6 - 12): Earthlings, Take Me to Your Readersopens a new window
- Teens: Space Travelopens a new window
- Adults: Rocket Girlsopens a new window
- En Español: Misión a Leeropens a new window
Attend space-themed programs
Celebrate the lunar landing with some stellar eventsopens a new window offered for all ages:
Fun for everyone
Just for Adults
Just for Teens
Just for Kids
Try something new
Not everyone can be an astronaut, but we all can embrace the spirit of innovation. Tackle a new skill, learn a new language, embark on a DIY-adventure or explore the basics of aerospace and other sciences.
Experience space on screen
While you may be busy earning minutes this summer, there's no reason the season can't include a film viewing or two. Check out space-cinema eventsopens a new window across locations or borrow a festive film from our collectionopens a new window, which includes DVDs and online streaming.
Read the stories of local astronomers Aric Vhymeister and Mike Dempsey in our new Connect opens a new windowmagazine. Get advice on studying the night sky and their tips for trying it out at home. Snag your copy at the Library or read onlineopens a new window.
Did you know our great state of Colorado is at the forefront of space science? Snag a free Culture Passopens a new window to visit the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum to find out why or check out other featured locations to discover all our colorful state has to offer.
Week 4 Mission Goal:
Embrace space and add some "theme" to your summer