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Lake City Library dedicated to Challenger astronaut

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Luci Hand

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Updated: July 17, 2013 6:23AM



Although I like to fly, I never really had any desire to be a pilot. In “Zephyr Takes Flight” by Steve Light, we meet a young lady who is fascinated by flying. Zephyr loves planes so much that she is always drawing them and making them.

She makes them out of all sorts of things she has around. She tries to get her grandmother interested in her latest model, but Grandma is busy reading.

Dad is busy cooking and Mom is busy building.

As Zephyr zooms around the living room with her latest model, we watch as she crashes into the book shelves. She is in trouble.

Sent to her room, she discovers a little door. Investigating, she finds her self in a wonderful, magical airplane hangar.

It has all kinds of unique flying machines. We watch as she explores, cranks up one of the planes she names the FS Bessie and soars out of the hangar.

She does all kinds of tricks and has a spectacular flight. She lands in a magic kingdom with flying pigs, and comes back to have a spectacular pancake breakfast. Real or not?

You decide!

“Mouton’s Impossible Dream” is based on a true story.

In 1793, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier flew the first hot air balloon.

The first passengers were a sheep, a duck and a rooster. This story tells us all about it through the eyes of Mouton, the sheep.

Mouton lives on the Montgolfier brothers’ farm.

He wants to fly. Rooster tells him not to be silly, that sheep don’t fly but Mouton watches the men and keeps the faith.

The brothers pack up and leave, taking the rooster and duck with them but Mouton follows them.

They go to Versailles and the first flight is before the King and Queen.

The animals are sent up the basket to test the air. If they are all right, it will be safe for humans.

Queen Antoinette is so captivated that the animals were invited to spend the rest of their lives in her menagerie.

In “Ron’s Big Mission”by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Nuden, we join Ron McNair, 9 years old, and obsessed with learning about flying.

He is African American and living in Lake City.

He goes to the public library where he is allowed to look and read the books there but may not check them out. He looked for books about kids who look like him but there are very few.

He finds books on flying and goes to check them out. A white lady offers to check them out, but he refuses and goes to the desk himself.

The clerk ignores him so he jumps up on the counter. The police are called and they call his mother. She tries to get him to come down but no one can tell him why he can’t check the books out.

Finally, Ms. Scott, the sympathetic librarian, goes to her office and makes him a library card. Ron became an astronaut.

He was lost in the Challenger failure in 1986.

Today, the Lake City Library is dedicated to him.



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