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Columbia Public Library hosts, cosponsors Party with the Stars event

Saturday, June 25, 2011 | 6:05 p.m. CDT
Celestial themed pencils, bookmarks and stickers were available for all astronomically intrigued individuals during the Party With the Stars Friday night at Columbia Public Library. The event collaborated with the Central Missouri Astronomical Association to give an educational presentation with a slideshow and a chance to see Saturn through a telescope.

Approximately 50 people attended the Party with the Stars event Friday, a collaboration of the Columbia Public Library and the Central Missouri Astronomical Association. The educational program offered the chance to look through telescopes as part of its festivities.

Adam Clapper and son Mac, 4, watch a presentation by Val Germann of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association Friday night at the Columbia Public Library. Germann, who started various astronomical presentations at the library in the spring of 1982 drew in more than 50 people to Friday's Party With the Stars.
Adam Clapper chats with his 4-year-old son, Mac, in the egg room Friday night at the Columbia Public Library. The two along with Clapper's daughter Anna, 6, were the first to arrive at the Party With the Stars event where those interested had the opportunity to learn about the solar system.
Val Germann of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association guides Gunnar Carlow, 6, so he can see Saturn through a Newtonian Reflector telescope on a clear night sky outside the Columbia Public Library on Friday. After the telescope exhibition, Germann used a laser pointer to point out different stars and constellations that were visible to the naked eye.

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