A Shuttle Lands in the Library
Jun. 8, 2017
Orland Park Public Library has won a grant to host the Shuttle Legacy, or "Conquering LEO" (low earth orbit), exhibit at the library. It is a salute to the NASA Shuttle program. The exhibit features fifteen display cases of varying heights and a 13’ tall, 1:15 scale Space Shuttle full stack model. Two free-standing text walls summarize Shuttle’s 30 year mission, featuring some of the discoveries and benefits from the Shuttle Program. Cases display either artifacts, touchable hardware, space suit parts, models and videos.
The exhibit opens on Saturday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby with a ribbon cutting. The Conquering Low Earth Orbit ribbon cutting includes representatives from the library, the Adler Planetarium, the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce, YRC Freight, Pandiut, local elected officials, and representatives from the companies sponsoring the ceremony like Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, and Mariano’s. After the ribbon cutting, Michelle Nichols from the Adler Planetarium will present a program in room 104 about the Low Earth Orbit exhibit and its real life counterparts.
The exhibit will be in the lobby at the library until April 28, 2018. Other space programs coming up at the library include “A Solar Eclipse is Coming” on Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. where a library presenter will talk about the eclipse coming to the Chicago area on August 21 and how to enjoy it. Patrons are encouraged to get ready for this eclipse, as there won’t be another one like it until 2024.
Guests of the Conquering Low Earth Orbit ribbon cutting are welcome to go to the second floor of the library to see the library’s own NASA special collection. The Orland Park Public Library has over 320 artifacts from NASA and library patron donations. Some of these artifacts such as the astronaut’s jumpsuit, the aloe vera lotion, camcorder video camera, and thermal underwear have been to space.
Parents are encouraged to sign their children up for STEM events this summer at the library and enjoy the Conquering Low Earth Orbit exhibit in the lobby on the way to the storytime room.
For more information, visit http://www.orlandparklibrary.org/nasa-exhibit.html or call 708-428-5115. The Orland Park Public Library is located at 14921 Ravinia Avenue in Orland Park, Illinois. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.