Get started in amateur astronomy June 13 

Local astronomy buff Joe Timmerman will present a program titled Getting Started in Amateur Astronomy at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library in Hayward.

Living in the Northwoods, there is minimal light pollution and the night sky can be lit up with beautiful stars. Have you ever wanted to learn about astronomy? This is your opportunity. Timmerman has been an active astronomer for 29 years and currently has an observatory on his property in Hayward. 

There is no need to use a telescope to view the sky. People can learn how to get started in astronomy by just using their eyes or binoculars. Timmerman will go over the best apps and websites for phones or tablets, and will explain how to recognize the constellations, including the best aids such as observing guides and sky charts. He will even delve into some beautiful objects visible in binoculars, including galaxies, star clusters and nebula. Because it is also the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, he also will discuss observing the moon.

The event will be held in the meeting room of the Weiss Library, 10788 State Hwy. 27-77. For more information, call the library at (715) 634-2161, visit or visit the library on Facebook.


Summer Reading programs begin with ‘My Mother the Astronaut’

The Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library in Hayward will begin this year’s Summer Reading Program performances at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13, with a show by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company.

The program is aimed at children aged Pre-K through 5th grade and welcomes children of all abilities (parents and grandparents enjoy it, too). The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library in partnership with Northwest Connection Family Resources.

The Thursday performance is the first of five programs scheduled during the summer. Traveling Lantern Theatre Company has been educating and entertaining children nationwide since 1985. Its mission is to bring great stories to children, to draw them into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imaginations. 

In keeping with this year’s space-oriented theme, they will perform “My Mother the Astronaut: To the Moon and Beyond!” The short play is about Aquarius’s mom, who is an astronaut and today is take your child to work-day. Aquarius can’t wait to go to NASA and find out what it’s like to be in space! They visit Mission Control, where she meets scientists and engineers who show her what they do and she learns all about space travel. Her imagination blasts off and she dreams of incredible journeys through the cosmos!

The four remaining Summer Reading Programs will be held Thursdays at 10 a.m. on June 20, June 27, July 11 and July 18. 

Summer reading programs began June 1 for both teens and adults. For more information, contact the library at (715) 634-2161, visit or stop by the library, located Highway 27-77, just west of Highway 63.

Monday Matinees @ the Library – Wall-E


Monday Matinees this summer at the Sherman and Ruth Weiss Library will explore the subject of space, with titles ranging from the fantasy of “Star Wars” to the reality-based “Apollo 13.” 

The Monday Matinees will be screened on the second and fourth Mondays of June, July and August.  Movies will start at 1 p.m. and free popcorn will be served. Here is the schedule:

June 10: “Wall-E,” rated G

June 24: “Contact,” rated PG

July 8: “Galaxy Quest,” rated PG

July 22: “The Martian,” rated PG-13

Aug. 12: “Star Wars – A New Hope,” rated PG-13

Aug. 26: “Apollo 13,” rated PG-13


On Monday, June 10, the library will show “Wall-E.”  The name is short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, and WALL-E is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But over the robot’s 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he’s more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE, a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten, WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy. (1 hour 38 minutes). 

All movies will be shown in the library meeting room at 10788 Hwy. 27-77 in Hayward. For more information, call the library at (715) 634-2161, or visit


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