Things have been out of this world at the Bishop County Library as children spent the month of June learning about the cosmos and participating in “space camp” as part of the library’s summer activities and reading program.

“The kids are having a blast,” Bishop Library assistant Lori Pineda said.

This year’s summer reading program is themed “A Universe of Stories,” with libraries across the state offering a variety of space-themed activities to young patrons.

Meeting every Tuesday afternoon beginning the first week of June, children ages five and older learned about space through a variety of games and activities.

“They learned about the universe and how things work, like gravity,” Pineda said.

Pineda said the Coastal Bend Food Bank, which hosts a nutrition-based program on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., has also embraced this summer’s space theme.

“For example, they showed (the children) how to make rocket ships out of fruit, like spaceships out of pears and pineapple rings with chocolate chips for the lights,” she said. “It been really neat what they’ve done.”

Also during the weekly space camp, the children completed “missions” where they constructed different parts of an astronaut suit.

“They made the helmets, jetpacks and (designed) t-shirts, all of that came together to make their suit,” Pineda said. “And having them work on a different piece every week, it’s a good way to keep them coming back regularly (to the library).”

Pineda said she and library assistant Dee Mejia also constructed special “moon shoes” using cowboy boots, tinfoil and sponges strapped to the bottom to simulate walking on the surface of the moon.

Last Thursday, the children participated in their “final mission,” which included a short obstacle course and other activities.

Participants also received a certificate for completing the space camp.

The Bishop County Library is located at 115 South Ash Avenue in Bishop. Its regular hours are Monday through Thursday from 1-6 p.m., as well as on the second Saturday of every month.

Space-themed summer activities will continue at the library during July.

For more information on the Bishop County Library’s summer programs, call (361) 387-3431 or visit “Bishop County Library” on Facebook.

Anthony Ruiz can be contacted at aruiz@king-ranch.com or (361) 221-0251.

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