Library announces program series to honor Gailanne Cariddi

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A new program called “Look Up” with an emphasis on astronomy will kick off at the library in the new year. Anchored by some of the most entertaining films on space and space exploration with links to NASA’s year-long space education program, the “Look Up” celebration will also feature guest lectures and visits to the nearby Williams College planetarium. Starting with the January 1 supermoon and a chance to view the next January 30 supermoon through our library telescope, we will be building fun and educational tools for patrons to learn more about space exploration and reflect on the wonder of our universe.

Funds and impetus for this flight into outer space come from a special gift given to the library by our late State Representative, Gailanne Marie Cariddi. People have speculated about Gail’s restricted gift, but at the library we like to think she wanted us to reflect on our relative insignificance when looking at the vast and hauntingly beautiful universe. We also think she wanted us to consider the bravery of the men and women who continue to press outward, preparing for exploration on worlds so different from our own. Or maybe she wanted us to be ready for contact

Our first film will be the wild and crazy “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” on Thursday, January 18 at 6 p.m. in the community room. Popcorn will be available.