Library patrons observe the moon in special event

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia’s Gibbs Memorial Library took part in Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, Oct. 28.
The annual event happens in hundreds of locations around the world and is intended to encourage people not only to observe the moon but also to appreciate and understand it.
Since Gibbs’ first year to participate was 2011, this is the seventh year that the library has taken part in the event.
Turnout was light, possibly because of colder temperatures and the rain that fell late in the afternoon. Gibbs Librarian ShienDee Pullman said a total of about 36 people attended
Pullman and staff members Tesiah Sours, Catherine Webster and Zoeie Kennedy were on hand to give out free children’s books, astronomy magazines, and glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets, as well as refreshments: Moon Pies, Star Crunch cookies and Sprite.
Several telescopes and over-sized binoculars were set up in the library parking lot and were trained on the moon, which was a quarter illuminated. Adult and children attendees took turns looking at the familiar satellite through the devices.

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