SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Not even the driving rain thunder and tornado yesterday could stop Springfield children from coming out to the library and learning about their universe.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Springfield Library, Wednesday's planetarium show was divided into four half-hour sessions. in each session, presenter Matthew Meyer walked the groups of children through what they can see in the night sky at any given time.
He also covered the solar system and the Milky Way Galaxy.
Speaking with TAPinto after the final presentation of the afternoon, Meyer said he enjoys doing these presentations, because it allows children to experience the wonder of the night sky.
"I love doing this job. it's really fun," Meyer said. "It's really enjoyable, and the thing I like about it is that you can go outside and look for what you want. As you saw, I was trying to encourage the parents to come in with [the children]. I want the parents to go outside with their children and look for what's out there. That's what it's all about."
Around 80 children registered for the program. The first three sessions were reserved for children in Kindergarten through fifth grade, and the fourth and final session was for grades six through 12. The library did open the final session up to younger children as well.
Springfield resident Katie Hildebrand was there with her two children, as well as her husband, sister, nieces and nephews. Hildebrand said that she and everyone with her enjoyed the program immensely.
"I'm 100 percent happy. Ms. Brie [children's librarian Brie Mintz] does so many amazing things in the library," Hildebrand said. "This is by far one of our favorite things."
"This is the first time I've ever heard of it...but my son loves space, and he was very excited. This guy did a great job," she added.