Rocks from outer space are not something you get to see every day.

On Friday, June 7 at Leach Public Library, patrons young and old came to examine rocks from outer space. There were six lunar samples shown as well as six meteorite samples. North Dakota State Librarian Mary Souci and BreAnne Meier, marketing specialist with the North Dakota State Library, brought samples of meteorites and moon rocks loaned to them by the National Air and Space Administration.

The meteorite samples were found all over the world – in Africa, Antarctica, Mexico and even Kansas, here in the U.S. The lunar samples included soil gathered on the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions, according to Meier. The samples were gathered from different parts of the moon.

Rachel Kercher, children’s librarian at Leach Public Library, was responsible for having the tour visit the library. This summer the reading program theme is “Universe of Stories” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moonwalk, according to Kercher.

“When I was told that the state library was getting moon rocks in and that they could bring them around and they were offering them to libraries, I jumped on it because I just thought it would be really cool for kids to see and learn about,” she said.

The moon rock tour was announced at a state library convention Kercher attended. They asked who would want the rocks and she jumped at the chance.

Another public viewing of the lunar rocks this week will be in Devils Lake, June 15 at the Lake Region Public Library.

Leach Library will host space-related events throughout the summer. There will also be showings of science fiction movies weekly for the public.

Jaxon Sunderland, 10, is interested in learning about space. Mylah Sunderland, 8, said that the rocks were cool.

“I hope that they get a chance to explore their curiosity about it and learn more and come back and see what else we’ve got,” Kercher said.

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