Coronado Public Library’s 2023 Coronado Community READ continues this week with programs scheduled around this year’s READ, Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, all month. All programs are free.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (also author of The Martian and Artemis) tells the story of Ryland Grace, a high school science teacher sent to space on a mission by the government. Everyone on board the ship is given something to make them sleep and hooked up to machines to feed them and keep them alive during the years-long journey to deep space. When Ryland wakes up, his shipmates are dead. Hurtling through space alone, he meets an alien in the same predicament – all of his crewmembers have also died of an unknown cause. Ryland and the alien must figure out how to communicate, survive and work together in order to save both of their planets.

A printable calendar of the month’s Community READ events is available at the Library as well as on its website’s Community READ page:

This week’s events include:

Wednesday, March 15:

Film Forum Coronado screens Coherence, a spooky journey through the looking glass. A cosmic chaos tears the fabric of reality as personal tensions and secrets bubble beneath the surface. This program starts at 6 p.m. with an introduction to the film and post-screening discussion, both by movie expert Ralph de Lauro (who also runs San Diego’s Cinema Under the Stars).

Monday, March 20:

Children’s program, “Build & Launch a Rocket,” at 3:30 p.m. in the Winn Room. Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum to build your own rocket, followed by a chance to launch it into “space” in the Library Park. Registration is required; go to the Library’s events calendar at and register at the event link for March 20.

Tuesday, March 21:

SDSU PhD candidate Spencer Raines lectures on “How Big Is Space?” for all ages, at 11 a.m. in the Winn Room.

Tuesday, March 21:

Children’s program, “Tinker Tuesday: Space Mini Experiments” at 3:30 in the Ruby Room. In this iteration of the popular weekly STEAM program, discover how craters formed on the moon using simle household materials. Then, make a mini paper model of our solar system.

Wednesday, March 22:

Teen program, “Galaxy Painting” at 3:30 in the Winn Room. Using gel soap for a resistance paint technique, make a galaxy-inspired painting. Teen programs are for youth in grades 6-12.

Thursday, March 23:

“Stars of Coronado” at 7 p.m. in Cays Park. Gaze at the stars with the San Diego Astronomy Association. Telescopes and all equipment will be provided, as well as snacks and hot drinks. Dress warmly.

In addition, the children’s area of the library offers kids Space Mad Libs and Connect the Constellations activities daily all month, and all ages can participate in a monthlong community science project called “Globe at Night” in which they learn to identify and observe constellations to collect data about light pollution. Teens who submit data are eligible to receive volunteer credit for their time spent researching. Contact Tara Davies, teen librarian, for more information:

VOL. 113, NO. 11 - Mar. 15, 2023

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