Space Age Appropriate
by Alyssa Grossman, 03/28/2012
The Rose Main Reading Room. Photo: Will Steacy
New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is naturally the perfect spot to begin learning about space, with endless free resources for fact-seeking families. A librarian can help you navigate the online databases to pinpoint magazine and newspaper issues from the height of the space race. Then, head over to the Periodicals Room to request copies of Life, National Geographic, Time and more for vivid photos you won't find in any history books. Older kids should visit the Microform Room for some heavier reading on the subject. Louise Lareau, the managing librarian at the library's Children's Center, suggests starting with copies of the New York Post published just before the first manned space shuttle launch. You'll get a glimpse of iconic history right here in New York City.