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Iris Hunter Richmond County Daily Journal

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Reach for the stars with Kevin Manning and learn about the universe in various exciting ways.

The former NASA consultant will be bringing his program Look Up To The Stars: Astronomy For Everyone beginning at 7 p.m. Monday to the Leath library. The library is located at 412 E. Franklin St. in Rockingham. The program will allow kids of all ages to learn about the universe from the very small to the very large.

There will be an indoor formal presentation. During the indoor presentation, Manning will take stargazers through adventures of the stars. Afterwards, attendees will be able to go outside to view celestial objects in the night sky through a powerful hand-crafted telescope.

Manning also will provide handouts for everyone so that they can continue to study the universe after the program.

Deborah Knight, outreach coordinator for the library, feels that it is important for community to learn about the universe.

“It will educate the people in Richmond County about astronomy and allow them to have a different attitude on astronomy and give the kids a broader knowledge of outer space,” she said. “We know that with the new core standards of teaching that we wanted to be able to offer teachers a new outlet for them to be able to use for a focus point for future classroom references. We are working in partnership this year with the school system to provide more educational programs through the library for the school children, Deborah said.

Knight invites the community to come and enjoy looking up at the stars and learning about the universe.

We are really excited because we have been working on this for six months and finally found an opening date because he is booked solid all of the time,” said Knight.

If you have any questions about the program, contact Knight at 910-895-6337

This program was funded by the Von Drehle Foundation.

— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at ihunter@civitasmedia.com.

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