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Main Event Many Voices: Dr. Philip Plait

2024-03-25 18:30:00 2024-03-25 20:00:00 America/New_York Main Event Many Voices: Dr. Philip Plait The Main Event Many Voices series returns with new captivating authors sharing their stories and most recent work. This month's speaker Dr. Philip Plait joins us to discuss "Under Alien Skies." Main Library - Auditorium

Monday, March 25
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-03-25 18:30:00 2024-03-25 20:00:00 America/New_York Main Event Many Voices: Dr. Philip Plait The Main Event Many Voices series returns with new captivating authors sharing their stories and most recent work. This month's speaker Dr. Philip Plait joins us to discuss "Under Alien Skies." Main Library - Auditorium

Main Library

Auditorium

The Main Event Many Voices series returns with new captivating authors sharing their stories and most recent work. This month's speaker Dr. Philip Plait joins us to discuss "Under Alien Skies."

Speaker, author, and astronomer, Philip Plait has been in love with science for as long as he can remember. Plait, known at the "Bad Astronomer" online because of his penchant for calling out misinformation, earned his doctorate in astronomy at the University of Virginia, and worked on the Hubble Space Telescope as a NASA contractor at the Goddard Space Flight Center. He is the author of the books "Bad Astronomy," "Death From The Skies," and "Under Alien Skies: A Sightseer's Guide to the Universe," and writes the thrice-weekly "Bad Astronomy" newsletter that keeps subscribers apprised of the latest sky news. He was the head science writer for “Bill Nye Saves the World” on Netflix in 2017. He wrote and hosted “Crash Course Astronomy,” a 46- part educational web series that has over 70 million views.

On April 8, 2024, Akron, Ohio will be treated to one of the rarest and most spectacular of celestial events: a total solar eclipse. The shadow of the moon will fall along a very narrow path across the US. During that time the sky will grow dark, the stars and planets will come out, birds will stop singing, crickets will chirp, and you’ll see the Sun’s magnificent corona, its pearlescent outer atmosphere, normally too faint to see from Earth. Dr. Plait will tell you everything you need to safely watch the literally out-of-this world event, explain the science, and even debunk a misconception or two about eclipses.

You can purchase Dr. Philip Plait's recently released title "Under Alien Skies: A Sightseer's Guide to the Universe" from The Friends of Main Library located in the Atrium before and after the event. Author book signing will follow located in the hallway beside the auditorium.

Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served. Auditorium doors will open at 6:15 pm for early seating.

If you have any questions, please contact the Culture & AV Division by phone at 330.643.9015 or email at cadiv@akronlibrary.org.

Main Library

Phone: 330.643.9000
Branch manager
Michael Bianchi

Hours
We're closed Sunday May 26
Mon, May 20 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, May 21 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, May 22 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, May 23 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, May 24 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, May 25 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, May 26 Closed

About the branch

Main Library, located in the heart of downtown Akron, combines compelling public space with meaningful and relevant public library services for all members of our community. Since opening in 2004, the downtown library welcomes more than one million visitors each year.

Subject divisions include: Business, Government & Science, Culture & AV, Magazines & Newspapers, Special Collections (local history & genealogy), TechZone@Main, Teen, and a 12,000 square feet Children's Library.

Special services available at Main Library include: a Patent & Trademark Resource Center; U.S. Passport and Notary services; a Microbusiness Center; a Maker Space; a resource lab for early childhood educators; and regularly scheduled computer training classes. Also available at Main Library are more than 125 public access computers, color photocopiers/printers, laminating, scanning, faxing, and free Wi-Fi.

Specialized spaces include a 425-seat auditorium, public meeting rooms, and a used bookstore. An interior glass block walkway leads to a 600-space parking garage owned by the City of Akron. An outdoor amphitheater and landscaped park complete the complex.

Upcoming Events

Wed, May 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
Registration is now closed

Wed, May 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TechZone
Registration is now closed

Wed, May 22, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room
Registration is now closed

Thu, May 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, May 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TechZone

Thu, May 23, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, May 23, 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Wed, May 29, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, May 29, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Thu, May 30, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Quiet Study Room 1

Thu, May 30, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, May 30, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Quiet Study Room 1

Thu, May 30, 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Microbusiness Center

Thu, May 30, 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Jun 01, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Auditorium

Mon, Jun 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Mon, Jun 03, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium

Tue, Jun 04, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab 1

Wed, Jun 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Jun 05, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Jun 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Jun 06, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab 1

Thu, Jun 06, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library Educators Lab

Thu, Jun 06, 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Sat, Jun 08, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Mon, Jun 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Mon, Jun 10, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium

Tue, Jun 11, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab 1

Wed, Jun 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Jun 12, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Wed, Jun 12, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Wed, Jun 12, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
TechZone

Thu, Jun 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Jun 13, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab 1

Thu, Jun 13, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Meeting Room 1

Thu, Jun 13, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Quiet Study Room 1

Thu, Jun 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library Educators Lab

Thu, Jun 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Computer Lab 1
Registration opens Thursday, May 23 2024 at 12:00am

Thu, Jun 13, 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium

Fri, Jun 14, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Fri, Jun 14, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Teen Meeting Room

Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Mon, Jun 17, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab 1

Wed, Jun 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Jun 19, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Children's Library Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Computer Lab 1
Registration opens Wednesday, May 29 2024 at 9:00am

Thu, Jun 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Library Programming Room

Thu, Jun 20, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Computer Lab 1

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Library Programming Room,Children's Library Educators Lab

Thu, Jun 20, 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium