Summer Discovery is underway at PPL and to help celebrate, PPL has brought a very unique attraction to their patrons of all ages for one week only this July.
Visit the library the week of July 22nd to the 26th and explore outer space inside the Digitarium!
What is a Digitarium? It is an inflatable portable planetary projection system that allows you to view the entire universe from inside the library; similar to a planetarium, but on a much smaller scale.
The Digitarium will be set up in the Apple Fireplace room with one hour show times from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and a second show from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day.
Children’s Department staff, Lynn Soike and Elizabeth Campbell, attended a free training seminar to learn how to use and display the Digitarium and they will share duties running it each of the days.
“Each program showcases our own Milky Way Galaxy. “ said Soike. “We can zoom in on planets and make it seem as if you are standing on the surface of Mars or flying through the rings of Saturn. Each show is different as we “travel” wherever viewers would like us to go within our solar system. It’s really fun and extremely interactive and we are excited to use it just as much as our patrons are excited to experience it!” said Soike.
“The Digitarium is made by Digitalis, and we are graciously being allowed to borrow it from Northern Indiana Educational Services.” said Campbell. “We are excited because this is a really cool learning tool that not many people get to experience. There is so much we can do with it once we are inside the dome. You can even “time travel” and experience what the stars look like in the future compared to how they look in our current night sky. Plus, you can land on each of the planets and moons in our solar system and see what stars are visible from wherever you land. The zooming-in to a planet portion is really awesome because it is like you’re actually landing on the planet itself and then, once you’ve landed, you look up to the stars that would only be visible from that planet’s surface!” said Campbell.
The Digitarium is a special Summer Discovery related event, but everyone is invited to come and join in being amazed by the Milky Way, right from within the library itself!