2016 (Apr. 15 – Jul. 15)

Learn about the search for planets beyond our Solar System, asteroids and comets, Mars exploration and more. This free exhibit for future astronauts and families offers hands-on activities: Solar System Weather Report Station, Discover Space Quiz Show, Mission to Mars Kiosk, Meteorite displays, space rocks kiosk and more! Journey to Space - NASA items on display will include an actual moon rock, a space shuttle tire, an astronaut suit, rocket replicas, space shuttle model and more. Lunar Module replica from Global Effects used in the movie Apollo 18. StarLab traveling planetarium.


Gail Borden kids talk with astronaut Kate Rubins in:
Summer Reading Challenge   Discover Space Exhibit  

Mission:Read takes place May 15 - July 30. To download your reading log or check what out-of-this world prizes are available, click here!

¡Para descargar tu hoja de anotaciones en español haz clic aquí!  


Watch the Summer Reading Video Here

Watch the Summer Reading Video on YouTube

Discover Space

Please visit Discover Space: A Cosmic Journey until July 5 at the Gail Borden Public Library at 270 N. Grove in Elgin, Illinois. It is an engaging interactive exhibit to motivate people to explore “where are we in the cosmos?”  It includes -

Solar System Weather Report Station—Step in front of a green screen to give a weather report from various locations in our Solar System.

Discover Space Quiz Show—Hosted by an alien, this game show will test your knowledge of space science and astronomy.

Mission to Mars Kiosk—Travel on a journey to Mars and back.

Meteorite displays, space rocks kiosk and more!


Journey to Space with NASA

NASA Glenn Display


Visit the Main Library's second floor to view items from the NASA Glenn Research
Center, including an actual moon rock, a space shuttle tire, an astronaut suit,
rocket replicas and more!

Additional enhancements

Thank you to the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio and the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the library is also featuring the Apollo Story that includes a Moon Rock from Apollo 15 mission, an EVA space suit sample and the story of the space shuttle program that includes a pilot seat from the Endeavor, astronaut food, thermal tiles and more.   A life-size lunar excursion model interior from the movie “Apollo 18” from Global Effects in California is also on display as well as StarLab, an inflatable portable planetarium.  Visitors may board the lunar excursion on Monday - Thursdays from 4- 5 pm and Friday - Sunday from 3 - 4 pm. Visitors may enjoy a StarLab (the portable planetarium) presentation on Tuesdays at 4, 4:30 and 7, 7:30 pm.

The library and the exhibit are open Monday - Thursdays 9 am - 9 pm:
Friday & Saturday 9 am - 6 pm; and Sunday from Noon to 5 pm.

See photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/gailborden/albums/72157665124107173.

Events and Programs    

Live NASA Tv Video Downlink with Astronaut
Jeff Williams on the International Space Station


Jeff Williams   The community is encouraged to join the library on this exciting journey through space and cosmos, including the intriguing opportunity for Elgin area students to talk live to ISS astronaut, Jeff Williams., on June 30.


Lunar Excursion Module

People may board the lunar excursion module replica:
Monday – Thursday     4 – 5 pm
Friday – Sunday          3 – 4 pm

StarLab Planetarium

4, 4:30, 7, and 7:30 pm
(Second Floor)

Fold & Fly Spaceships
Thursday, July 7                    1 -2 pm


Film Screening of “SpaceCamp” (1986, PG)
Thursday, July 7                    6:30 - 8:30 pm


Ender’s Game Movie & Book Discussion
Saturday, July 9                    1-5 pm 


Mission Read Book Discussion: When the Tripods Came
Tuesday, July 12                   10-11 am 


The Globalization of the Solar System
Tuesday, July 12                   7 – 8:30 pm  


The Space Elevator and Moving Into Space
Thursday, July 14                 7-8:30 pm


Walk the Solar System
Wednesday, July 20             10-11 am

TOUCH Real Meteorites!
Wednesday, July 20             12-4 pm


Hot Rocks on Blue Ice
Wednesday, July 20              7-8:30 pm


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Movie and Book Discussion
Saturday, July 23                 1-4:30 pm


View more space programs here.


Sponsors and Partners

Discover Space: A Cosmic Journey, a traveling exhibition for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and Afterschool Alliance. Discover Space is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Thank you to local supporters - Gail Borden Public Library Foundation, Grand Victoria Foundation, EFS Foundation, KCT Credit Union,
Holiday Inn, Elgin Key & Lock, City of Elgin and Berna Moving & Storage.

Discover Space