2016-09-29 / Editorial

Libby Library brings patrons to moon and back

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By Bob Cochran

Vaughn Monroe raced with it. Neil Armstrong landed on it. Now Old Orchard Beach residents can observe and learn more about it. The “it,” of course, is the moon. Saturday, Oct. 8 is International Observe The Moon Night, which was first observed (no pun intended) in 2010. The original purpose of the designation was to raise awareness of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It has since blossomed into an international event centered around educating the public about earth’s neighbor in space. This year, Libby Library will take part in festivities with an all ages program 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 8. Participants will learn to identify the moon’s many craters, seas and other prominent features. Those attending are asked to bring binoculars if they have them. This is so we can assist in properly focusing them for lunar observation that evening. We also have moon observation logs available for anyone who wants to begin making moon phase observations.

The moon will be in a 43 percent waxing crescent phase on the night of Oct. 8. This will make for excellent observation as the surface features, particularly craters, stand out prominently in the contrasting light prevalent during this phase. We have plenty of fun displays, fact sheets and books at the library if you’d like to get better acquainted with our marvelous moon.

Our Oct. 8 program isn’t just a celebration of International Observe The Moon Night, it also launches (pun intended) our nearly year-long series of spaceoriented events being held in anticipation of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. The path of totality for that eclipse is well south of us, but we will experience a partial eclipse for two minutes beginning at 1:29 p.m. We’ll have plenty more information on these upcoming events in future articles.

Turning to more earthly matters, open enrollment for Medicare is fast approaching. To help you prepare, we are holding Welcome to Medicare at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, which is being held in conjunction with Southern Maine Agency on Aging. Those who want to attend are asked to preregister by calling SMAA at 396-6500. Open enrollment for Medicare will be available at the library Friday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Nov. 18. Please contact the library for more information.

Now that we’re almost into October, many people will be carving pumpkins and thinking up costume ideas in anticipation of Halloween. Libby Library will be getting in on the fun at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11. That’s when Roxie Zwicker, founder of New England Curiosities, will recount many remarkable tales of haunted light houses, ghost ships and other legends from New England’s long history in her fascinating lecture, “Maritime Ghosts and Seafaring Spirits.”

Before I wrap up, I’d like to remind those interested that the second of our fall portrait drawing sessions is coming up from 4:45 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. Participants are asked to bring their own supplies. You can also check out our website, ooblibrary.org, for more upcoming events along with a variety of other useful features. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be back here in a few weeks as well to tell you about yet even more exciting programs and events.

Bob Cochrane is a volunteer with Libby Library in Old Orchard Beach.

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