Thursday, May 30

StarLab to bring outer space to Randolph County Libraries

ASHEBORO — Starlab, a portable planetarium purchased by the State Library in 2018, is making a stop at several Randolph County Libraries this month.

StarLab is a portable inflatable planetarium that uses a computer and projector to display various stellar and physics-related experiences and bring outer space to schools’ libraries, camps, scouting groups and more. The product was invented back in 1977 by Philip Sadler and his class of middle school students in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

StarLab at the Asheboro Public Library in 2018 (Photo credit – Randolph County Library)

In 2018, the State Library of North Carolina purchased a StarLab to share among the state’s libraries, with the Asheboro library being its first stop. This month its coming back.

With projected images inside, the huge, inflatable viewing dome will bring the wonders of space the following Randolph County Libraries:

Asheboro Public Library
  • April 5 | 4:30 p.m.

Learn about constellations as well as the sun and moon while preparing for the upcoming solar eclipse. Visit activity stations for space-focused experiments, art and literature. This event is part of the 10th annual North Carolina SciFest. No registration required. (Best for ages 5 and up.)

  • April 8 | 3:45 p.m.

If you miss your chance to see it today, StarLab will be back at the Asheboro Library for the Solar Eclipse Party on Monday April 8 at 3:45 p.m.

Liberty Public Library

See the stars and learn about space in the StarLab on any of four days:

Call 336-622-4605 or visit the library to sign up for one of the events.

Seagrove Public Library

Travel through a world of knowledge that includes astronomy, geology, physical geography and more. Call 336-873-7521 or visit the library to sign up.

Archdale Public Library