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Libraries to celebrate 50th anniversary of moon landing
Moon landing
The 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, will be celebrated at the Ceres Library and other branches. This is Buzz Aldrin on the Moon as photographed by Neil Armstrong.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, staff at local Stanislaus County libraries will host themed programs for children and teens. The programs will give young participants an opportunity to learn about and explore a moment in history not witnessed by their generation.

On Monday, July 15 the Ceres Library will offer a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program for teens and tweens from 1 to 3 p.m. A member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Solar System Ambassador program will speak to participants about some of NASA’s voyages, and discuss some of the scientists who played leading roles in the American space program.

“We want to inspire curiosity in the subject of space exploration,” said Megan Mizuno, Ceres Library supervisor. “Fifty years ago, children around the world watched as astronauts landed on the moon, but space exploration is not a thing of the past. The scientists of tomorrow will explore further reaches of our universe, and programs such as these can help spark interest in participants to become part of that future exploration.”

The Ceres Library is located at 2250 Magnolia Street. For more information about the STEM program, call Megan Mizuno at 537-8938.

Customers at the Hughson Library will have an opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing with special crafts on Wednesday, July 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. Crafters can make tin foil moons, build moon landing modules out of paper cups, and learn how to make DIY moon rocks. The Hughson Library is located at 2412-A Third Street. For more information, contact Hughson Library supervisor Heather Bailey at 883-2293.

The Modesto Library will screen NASA’s special anniversary presentation of the moon landing on Monday, July 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. Customers can stop by to watch it live on a TV screen in the library’s Teen Area. The Modesto Library is located at 1500 I Street. For more information, please contact the Children’s and Teen Services Dept. at 558-7810.

Information about regularly occurring library programs can be found at, under the “Events and Classes” tab.