On Monday, July 2, Wayne Center for the Arts opened its doors to the Skydome Planetarium. It was an educational program invited to Wooster by the Friends of the Wayne County Public Library. It was a fun-filled way for the children of Wayne County to escape the blistering heat and learn something new.
“In addition to being informative, it was a nice thing to do on a hot afternoon,” said Joy Kleinhenz, with her 5-year-old daughter, Megan, standing beside her. They had just attended one of the six shows that day.
Kleinhenz is a regular patron of the Wayne County Public Library. She likes bringing her daughter to all the educational programs she can. “To have something like this come to Wooster is great, because otherwise I’d have to drive to the planetarium in Cleveland.” She said that it was a fun and interesting program. “I thought that the presenter was phenomenal. He had tons of knowledge. Actually I learned some things that I probably knew and forgot.”
“The Skydome Planetarium came to Wooster and folks, through the Friends of the Library, were able to experience a tour of our universe, our solar system, and the constellations of the night sky,” Killion said, summarizing what the day was about.
Killion, the presenter for Skydome Planetarium, is from Mobile Ed Productions, based outside Detroit, Mich. “During the school year I go all over the eastern U.S., from Texas to Minnesota to the east coast, Massachusetts, down to Georgia, Tennessee, back up to Michigan and everything in between,” he said about his travels.
Mobile Ed Productions was founded 32 years ago by a stage magician who wanted to educate, as well as entertain, the children of society. The company has specialized in educational programs for schools, and has three dozen sites traveling across the United States during the school year.
“There’s living history, other reading and creative writing, and math enrichment, and character building, and anti-bully stuff. They’ve got all kinds of programs,” Killion explained about the different topics that the company enriches children with. “I do Skydome Planetarium, and I also do Mobile Ed’s Earthdome Globe, which is a nice inflatable globe made from satellite photographs to recite geography.”
“It’s a fun way to learn. The kids love it.” Killion added.
Kleinhenz and her daughter planned to take what they learned home with them. “You can actually go home, get out a telescope or binoculars and look at the sky, especially because it’s summer. It’s kind of a nice way to do something that’s educational for everybody.” She also plans to continue attending more programs that the Wayne County Public Library has to offer. “I think it’s an important thing for kids to do in the summer. As well as having fun and playing in a playground, it’s nice to get information. It’s a great way to do that.”
For more information about the Wayne County Public Library, and how to get involved in programs for all ages, visit their website at http://www.wcpl.info.
Published: July 5, 2012