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Westfield Memorial Library Presents Astronomy for Everyone and Coloring for Adults


On Tuesday, July 11 at 10 a.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present another popular two-hour coloring workshop for adults, and on Wednesday, July 12 at 7 p.m., the library will present, “Astronomy for Everyone — The Size and Scale of the Universe.” The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

The coloring patterns the library will provide are geometric, intricate, abstract, and designed to appeal to adults. All other materials, as well as coffee and tea, will be provided.

The coloring program is free and open to the public. No need to register, just stop by and be prepared to have some fun.

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Astronomy for Everyone will be presented by astronomer Kevin Manning. Designed for adults and children over the age of nine, this program will draw attention to the celestial skies and the rare total solar eclipse occurring Aug. 21—an event not seen in 99 years.

After the talk, weather permitting, the audience will go outside for a real look at the treasures of the universe.

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

He has won national and international awards within his field, was both a Wright Fellow and an Einstein Fellow, and did some work with Brookhaven National Laboratory.

He has presented numerous workshops in libraries, observatories, and science centers, including Tufts University, State University of New York at Bony Brook, the National Teachers Association's National Convention, American Association for the Advancement of Science Breakfast, and the National Parks Service.

The program is open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 43 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Visit and click on the “About Us” tab to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, 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 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and closed on Sunday for the summer. The library will be Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day.

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.”

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