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Starlab at Middle Inlet Hall July 10
Issue Date: June 27, 2014
In conjunction with the Library 's Summer Reading Program Fizz, Boom, Read!, the Crivitz and Wausaukee Library will host Starlab, and opaque inflatable dome where children can see the night sky and view the changing star pattern. The program will be held at the Middle Inlet Town Hall on Thursday, July 10th. Three programs will be available and registration is required. Space is limited.
The three programs are 11 AM, 1 PM and 2:30 PM. Very young children may not appreciate the dark enclosure of the dome. All ages are welcome and the programs are free to the public. Registration is required. Call the Crivitz Public Library at 715-854-7562 or the Wausaukee Public Library at 715-856-5995 to register. This program is being sponsored by the Crivitz Advisory Board and the Friends of the Wausaukee Public Library.
Starlab has an entrance tunnel, 18 by 21 feet across and 11 feet high, and can seat about 30 children. In the center of the dome, a projector - with interchangeable cylindrical charts - projects a rotating image onto the inner surface of the dome. It can display more than a thousand stars and the Moon, for any time of any day of the year. It can also show the appearance of the sky from anywhere between the equator and the North Pole. Other cylinders display, among other things, constellation outlines, both modern and ancient. A 35mm slide projector is also used to project space images - some direct from NASA - of the Earth, Moon, planets, the Milky Way, and various deep-space objects.
Paul Kinzer, a 1984 graduate of the University of Minnesota at Morris, has over 25 years of experience working with children of all ages. He designed and directed a summer nature study program for Minneapolis Kids, the School-Age Care Program of the Minneapolis Public Schools. He 's been an avid amateur astronomer for nearly 20 years, and currently owns about a dozen telescopes, several of which he built himself.