Libraries all over the country are going out of this world this summer to help inspire youth to read.
The theme for libraries all around the country is  “A Universe of Stories.” Public libraries are using space to help motivate young children into exploring new topics and outer space as well as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon.
On Friday, the Champion Public Library in Ardmore brought in a guest speaker to help inspire kids in the area to fall in love with reading and explore the final frontier.
Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez is currently a history teacher at Murray State College, but before discussing medical history with her students she spent 30 years writing codes for simulators at NASA.
“I see a lot of enjoyment on the kids’ faces,” Jacobs-Pollez said. “They think it’s fun.”
Jacobs-Pollez is currently a member of the board of trustees of Champion Library, but her tenure will end at the end of the month. With the summer theme being  “Universe of Stories,” Champion Library Youth Coordinator Stephanie Way found out about Jacobs-Pellet background and offered her a chance to speak to children at the library.
“I think it is really great, even I come up with questions that you didn’t think to ask,” Way said. “It exposes kids to new ideals, new thoughts and encourages them that they can go to space.”
During her 30 minute presentation, Jacobs-Pollez spoke on her experiences working with NASA and what it is like for astronauts in space. On a Powerpoint slide, there were pictures ranging from what it looks like inside the cockpit to the training grounds where astronauts learn to live life in space.
Others in attendance were Carrie Hatley, a second grade teacher at Plainview Elementary School. Hayley used the opportunity to learn about NASA and other things astronauts go through to help teach her kids who are interested in space.
“I think it is a great opportunity that they are bringing this in and exposing these children to different programs,” Hatley said. “If you are not able to go to space camps or different things, you are able to come to this program and listen to people who have hands-on experience. You are just exposing them to different opportunities.”
Next week, Jacob-Pollez will be visiting the Marietta Public Library to speak again about her experiences with NASA.
After last week spending time in Healdton, and this week in Ardmore, she found most of the younger kids are interested in what happens in space to astronauts when they brush their teeth or while using the bathroom.
The way the kids light up when learning about space always brightens Jacobs-Pollez day.
“When you tell them certain things and they get real excited and react, that’s the best part,” Jacobs-Pollez said. “So the kids have been a lot of fun.”