The Shuttle Legacy, or  Conquering LEO  (low earth orbit), exhibit

June 2, 2017 - April 28, 2018

A Shuttle Lands in the Library! The Shuttle Legacy, or "Conquering LEO" (low earth orbit), exhibit is a salute to the Shuttle program. The exhibit features fifteen display cases of varying heights and a 13’ tall, 1:15 scale Space Shuttle full stack model. Two free-standing text walls summarize Shuttle’s 30 year mission, featuring some of the discoveries and benefits from the Shuttle Program.
Cases display either artifacts, touchable hardware, space suit parts, models and videos.

For more information and if you have any questions about the exhibit, please contact outreach services at outreach@orlandparklibrary.org or (708) 428-5115.

NASA Exhibit Events at Orland Park Public Library

NASA - Conquering Low Earth Orbit Ribbon Cutting:
Saturday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m.


Thank you to Executive Director Felicitas Cortez and Board Member Panorea Bakutis of the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce for facilitating the ribbon cutting.
Library Director Mary Weimar and Head of Outreach Kelly Cuci thanked YRC Freight for sponsoring the NASA Shuttle Legacy exhibit.
Cuci cut the ribbon next to Weimar, Bakutis, Former Library Trustee, Denis Ryan, and a representative form YRC Freight.

Please check the video below.


A Solar Eclipse is Coming:
Wednesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.


A Solar Eclipse is Coming

On August 21, 2017, for the first time in almost 30 year, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the continental U.S. in a 71 mile wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina.
From the Chicago area, about 85% of the Sun will be covered by the Moon. Learn about eclipses and how you can enjoy the partial or total eclipse and also get ready for the next solar eclipse in 2024.


Mysteries of the Cosmos – Life on the Moons of Jupiter and Saturn:
Wednesday, November 1 at 7 p.m.


Mysteries of the Cosmos – Life on the Moons of Jupiter and Saturn

We are either alone in the Universe or we are not; either possibility is overwhelming! Join the exploration of the fundamental question about the pervasiveness of life -- is it common or rare? The focus of this presentation will be the unique environments of the planet-sized moons of the Gas Giants and their potential as abodes for life.


NASA Special Collection at Orland Park Library


NASA Special Collection at Orland Park Library

What do an astronaut's jumpsuit, aloe vera lotion, camcorder video camera, and thermal underwear have in common? They are all part of an amazing collection of more than 320 artifacts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and anonymous patrons donated to the Orland Park Public Library.
Established by the Library in 2010, NASA Special Collection artifacts are primarily obtained through a program courtesy of the General Service Administration and Illinois Central Management Services for the enjoyment, education and research purposes of patrons in Orland Park and surrounding communities. The Orland Park Public Library is a member of the American Alliance of Museums.

Youth STEM Events at Orland Park Public Library

If You Build it...: Tuesdays, June 6 - July 25 at 2 p.m.


If You Build it

Grades 2-5. Join us in creating something wonderful! Projects will include giant forts, catapult building and marble coasters! Don't forget to bring your imagination!
Children must be registered for the Reading by Design Summer Reading Challenge.


Creation Station: Wednesdays, June 7 - July 26 at 2 p.m.


Creation Station

Grades 3-5. Here's your chance to create a marvelous medley of original designs including robots, Egyptian pyramids and cardboard cities! Children must be registered for the Reading by Design Summer Reading Challenge.