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Storm Lake, IA library plans for 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing

STORM LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) –  The Storm Lake, Iowa Public Library is holding a celebration event for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on Saturday.

With the anniversary on Saturday, Elizabeth Huff, Director of the Storm Lake Public Library, wanted to hold an event in remembrance of the time.

“I knew that we could probably all get together and remember a lot of things about the moon landing. Each one of us will have a different memory, but I knew that we could probably share that moment,” said Huff.

She says she hopes the celebration is exciting for all ages.

Emma Bloom, the summer children’s librarian, says because the space race was so long ago, it’s not something today’s kids can relate to.

“We are in a generation that isn’t as connected to space race. We learn about it through our textbooks and history books and stories, but we don’t really have that connection to the excitement and dream of the space race,” said Bloom.

Jana Bailey, who will speak at the event, was 14-years-old during the landing.

Her father was an aerospace engineer during the space race and she will share what it was like during the era.

“I think we take it for granted now. It was an outstanding achievement and I hope people remember it. I hope they look back and think of that. It was a really exciting time for people,” said Bailey.

They are encouraging people who plan on attending the event to share their memories of the moon landing too.

The Moon Landing Celebration event at the Storm Lake Public Library, 609 Cayuga St., will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 20.

Emily Schrad

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