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    Former NASA astronaut Eileen Collins will be at the library on Feb. 21.

When Eileen Collins was a little girl growing up in upstate New York, she dreamed about outer space and one day becoming a pilot streaking across the heavens.

Little Eileen’s parents would often take her to the airport so she could watch the planes, her dreams soaring high with each plane.

When it came time for Eileen to graduate from high school, her family did not have enough money to send her to a university so she could get the training she needed to pursue her dreams.

That did not stop Eileen, for she enrolled in a community college and worked very, very hard to earn a scholarship to Syracuse University, majoring in mathematics and economics. She later earned a masters of arts in space systems management from Webster University.

Eileen’s dream of becoming a pilot drew closer when in 1979 she graduated from pilot training at Vance Air Force Base. Later in 1990, while she was attending the Air Force Test Pilot School, she was selected for the astronaut program.

After becoming a NASA astronaut in 1991, Eileen later went on to became the first woman to pilot the Discovery Space Shuttle in 1995. Just a few years later, in 1999, Eileen became the first female commander of the Columbia Space Shuttle.

She again made history in 2005 when she commanded the Discovery Space Shuttle “Return to Flight” mission, NASA’s first manned flight after the loss of Columbia in 2003.

Eileen retired from NASA in 2006, having logged 872 hours in space. Today she is considered one of the most admired women in space history, her story inspiring people of all ages.

Often making public appearances, Eileen never fails to enlighten and engage audiences with her tale of perseverance, courage and grace under pressure. Additionally, she provides unique insight into the future of space exploration.

EVENING WITH AN ASTRONAUT!

Our library is deeply honored to present the esteemed Eileen Collins on Friday, Feb. 21 5:30 p.m.

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear Eileen’s inspiring story for all ages. We are very grateful to Eileen Collins for so generously sharing her time with our community.

TOTS CREATIVE MOVERS

Our Youth Department is thrilled to partner with Lonestar Collective Dance’s Crysta Caulkins-Clouse to produce a special dance program series, Tots Creative Movers Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10:30 a.m.

Once a month through May, preschool-age children are invited to learn movement using a variety of props and culturally diverse music.

Students will be introduced to self-expression, self-control, spatial relationships and empathy towards others through creative movement play. We are so excited to present

We are so excited to present this series free to the public. For Crysta’s bio, please visit www.lonestarcollective.com/crysta-clouse

INTRODUCING A YOUNG AUTHOR!

Eyler Neill is a bright and bubbly little girl who loves books. Each week she visits our library to check out many books. Many an adult author has said that good readers make good writers and, not surprisingly, Eyler is a very fine writer.

A second-grade homeschool student, she has created her own book. It is the first of a planned series about her pets fighting crime. Eyler would like to share her book with you! Come join her for crafts and all things books on Saturday, 22, 10:30 a.m.

RADIO STORYTIME

Are you unable to come to our weekly baby and toddler storytimes on Wednesdays and Thursdays? Now you can enjoy storytime from the comfort of your home!

In partnership with Boerne Radio (KBRN FM 103.9 and AM 1500) our library now offers a radio storytime every Saturday at 9 a.m. Tune in to enjoy a dramatic reading of a quality story suitable for the whole family.

We are most grateful to Boerne Radio for this opportunity to bring the wonder of literature to the community.

GIVING THANKS!

The library is so fortunate to be supported by two amazing groups. The Boerne Public Library Foundation is providing $10,000 for our library exhibits in the gallery, and $12,000 to the BOOST afterschool children’s programs, PLUS a new AWE Early Literacy computer station. We’re so grateful!

The Friends of the Boerne Public Library have contributed $22,875 to go toward our ESL classes, digital magazines and comics, “Wonderbook” read-alongs and more books for the adult section. Way to go, Friends!

We really couldn’t accomplish as much as we do without their generous help.

ALWAYS AT YOUR SERVICE!

We are always delighted to welcome families and help you find that perfect book.

And remember too that outreach visits continue all year long. Do please contact me if you would like a visit to your school or daycare center. (keremes@boernelibrary.org)

STAYING INFORMED

You can call us at 830-249-3053 or visit our website at www.boernelibrary.org. Email us at librarian@boernelibrary.org.

Track us down on Facebook, where you can like the Library or Patrick Heath Public Children’s Corner. We are also on Pinterest and Instagram.

To maintain your library account, go to www.boernelibrary.org and click on My Account on the lefthand side of the website.