Guthrie Public Library has prepared for liftoff with their summer activities. They are one of the 75 libraries in the country that received a nationwide grant from NASA@ My Library in 2015. Kris Kutay, the Youth Services Librarian at Guthrie Public Library, said the resources provided have sparked not only a curiosity in kids but supports a personal goal of hers.
“The goal was initially just to inspire a child to go further into NASA. I have a couple of kids interested in getting a job at NASA, so that’s become a personal goal of mine. If I can look back and say, ‘this person is from Guthrie and they learned it at their library,’ that’s the goal,” Kutay said.
There are contests for all ages and the prizes include a Kindle Fire 10, FitBit and Orion Telescope.
During the entire month of June, Guthrie Public Library is hosting a “Train Like an Astronaut” marathon that is inspired by Tim Peake’s journey running the London Marathon from a treadmill aboard the International Space Station. In order to participate, just pick up the pedometer from library staff and track your steps daily on the provided sheet. For every 2,000 steps completed, you’ll receive one ticket and each additional 2,000 steps is worth a ticket as well. Days must be initialed by a staff member and the drawing will be held on July 1. Participants must be 18 or older but walking with your family is strongly encouraged.
Adult and teen summer reading challenges abide by the same rules but children participating who meet their weekly goal will be awarded one ticket for the Orion telescope drawing. Progress is tracked by a provided sheet that you can bring in once a week.
“It is 30 minutes a day and for every day you complete, you get a ticket into the drawing. If you complete a full month, you get five extra tickets. It goes on for June and July then on August 1st by noon, there will be a drawing and whoever gets pulled, gets it,” Becca Pesicka, Adult Services Librarian said.
In addition to the activities above, the library also has two NASA themed backpacks you can check out courtesy of the NASA@ My Library grant. It has a coding mouse to represent the Mars Rovers, four books and a reflective telescope. Instructions for programs are included and can be checked out just like a book for two weeks. Kutay is currently the only staff member trained to check the backpacks in and out and encourages anyone that is on reserve for it to call ahead of time to make sure she’s at the library.
Both Kutay and Pesicka said that none of these events would be possible without the support of their 34 sponsors and wanted to thank them all.
There will be a coloring page in our weekly issues from June 15 to July 15. The winners will be chosen at the library and win a bag of prizes including more tickets to win the telescope.
For more information on these programs contact the Guthrie Public Library at 405-282-0050 or visit them at 201 N. Division in Guthrie.