Area briefs

NASA program for homeschool families

TROY — WACO Learning Center will offer a new aeronautical program to homeschool families with early learners designed by NASA.

Fun with Flight is a collection of six STEM learning modules based on children’s books. Each module focuses on a single children’s book, followed by a STEM thematic lesson. Hands-on activities will engage the child as they make discoveries about Gliders in Nature (Form & Function), Balloons (Sinking & Floating), Parachutes (Fluid Thickness & Drag), Kites (Surface Area & Lift), Helicopters and Airplanes (Force & Thrust), and World Flyers (Geography & Global Trade).

These six lessons will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29.

A $35 materials fee will cover all six modules. Children ages 6-8 can register by calling Nancy Royer at 335-9226 at WACO Air Museum for registration.

Library adds mini iPad

WEST MILTON – The Milton-Union Public Library has added a new mini iPad to its electronic lending library, thanks to the team efforts of Zone 7 Ohio Lions, District 13E Ohio Lions and Ohio Lions International.

“Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion,” said Peggy Myers of the West Milton Lions. “We thought the mini was a good thing to be used for the visually impaired and an asset for the library.”

The mini iPad was purchased specifically for patrons with visual impairments. The large print screen, ability to download digital audiobooks, and other special apps make it especially helpful for the visually impaired. The mini is available for a 2-week loan period, and comes with SmartCover, USB cord, power adapter and a box to hold all the accessories. It may be reserved, but not renewed. No overdue fines will be applied, although a replacement fee of $500 will be charged if the iPad is lost or damaged.

The regional zone is made up of Lions groups from Bradford, Fletcher, Laura, Troy and West Milton. The West Milton Lions also collect old eyeglasses at the library to be recycled. To check out or reserve the mini, come to the front desk at Milton-Union Public Library. The library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton and is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Local Author to have book signing

TROY — Carol Moore Gilardi will be reading an excerpt from her short story “The Visitor,” at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

“Many people have an idea that they would like to share a story with others, but are unsure how to begin,” A retired English teacher, Gilardi will give a short talk on the writing process, give tips on getting started writing short stories, and share thoughts on interviewing relatives in order to pass stories down to grandchildren.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” according to writer Maya Angelou. That drive to produce a story is what Gilardi says prompted her to join a writing group and, ultimately, to participate in the publication of “Undercurrents: A Rising Tide of Mystery, Magic & Mischief.” This new anthology contains short stories, essays, and memoir by seventeen writers, one of whom is Gilardi. The anthology has been reviewed favorably by several well-known authors, including Peter Meinke, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; William Heffernan, three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee; and Heather Sellers, author of an Oprah book-of-the-month selection. Sellers said of the collection, “This volume is full of lovely surprises, compelling narratives, and terrific new voices.”

Gilardi will be available for book signing and questions after the talk. The book can be obtained at the event or at in paperback or eBook form.

For more information, contact the library at 937-339-0502, Ext. 124.