NASA globe maker to present program at California library

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California Area Public Library

NASA globe maker Daniel Andre will present a hands-on interactive program at California Area Public Library.

Andre of West Mifflin will visit the library with “Blast off with Apollo 11: An Interactive Journey through the Solar System” at 5:45 p.m June 25. Following the program, which is appropriate for all ages, a question and answer session will follow.

Highlights of the event include a tour of the solar system, featuring globes and models of all of the mapped planets, moons and asteroids, as well as a display of artifacts and items from the Apollo era.

“After just a few minutes of conversation with Daniel, who carried with him a sample case of globes and a model of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, I felt he was perfect to help spark interest locally about the Apollo II moon walk. The library’s Summer Quest theme, “A Universe of Stories” is a topic that can interest adults, teens and children while encouraging them to explore ancient and modern tales about space exploration and the new technologies that it demands,” said Claudia Bennett, librarian-director. “Our summer programs will be very hands-on, using materials to build robots or construct things, and learning to use some of the databases that are treasure-troves of scientific videos, including clips of that moment in 1969. Perhaps we will inspire a child toward a career exploring black holes.”

Participants at Andre’s presentation will receive NASA photographs and posters and there will be some interesting items for sale.

A NASA globe maker since the early 1990s, Andre has presented programs since 1987 to over 100,000 people of all ages, including audiences at medieval educational events as well as NASA educational programs and space camps. He is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, and is the founder and owner of Knights of the Classroom, through which he has spent the last few decades inspiring and educating audiences about medieval times.

“As the 50th anniversary of man’s first walk on the moon (July 20, 1969) approaches, clients for whom he makes globes began to ask if he could put together an educational presentation about the solar system,” Bennett said.

For more information about the event, call the library at 724-938-2907, send an email to or visit

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