The Westfield Memorial Library will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing with an astronomy program on Monday, July 29, at 7 p.m., and it will also host the Gordon James Quartet on Wednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Astronomer Kevin Manning will present, “Look up to the Stars!” a visually exciting program that explores the entire universe from the very small to the very large.

Following this indoor formal presentation, program participants will go outdoors to view celestial objects in the night sky through a powerful hand-crafted telescope, such as the ice crystal rings of Saturn, craters on the Moon, etc., weather permitting. The program is geared for youths 8 years old and up.

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Mr. Manning is a gifted astronomer, who has worked as a consultant with NASA and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory launched on the space shuttle with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

The Gordon James Quartet will perform “Songs from Down Yonder” which highlights songs from the great artists of the South. The quartet, including some of our state's most visible and accomplished musicians, will perform the notable and memorable songs of Louis Armstrong, Preservation Hall Band, Fats Domino, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more.

In this program (which was originally scheduled for April 17), Mr. James will tell stories and talk about the backgrounds of these timeless musicians and their hits.

The programs are free and Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 40+ libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check the library’s website to see if your library participates.) To register, visit the library’s website at, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and closed on Sunday for the summer.

For more information call 908-789-4090, visit the library’s website at, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”