Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., will discuss the book “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” by James R. Hansen, as part of its History Discovered book discussion series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29.
“This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings,” said Librarian Peter Chien. “We thought it appropriate to mark the occasion by discussing a book that recalls the events of those exciting days.”
“First Man” is the only authorized biography of astronaut Neil Armstrong, famous for being the first person to set foot on another heavenly body.
Readers experience the excitement, difficulties and dangers of the Gemini and Apollo space missions through the experiences of one of NASA’s most celebrated astronauts, plus the tremendous personal toll the responsibilities — some sought and some unsought — that being “first man” brought to Armstrong’s life.
“I remember the tremendous anticipation surrounding the launch and the landing. I was a young boy, and the landings sparked a lifelong interest in aviation and flying,” Chien said. “Like so many, I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up.”
The discussion will take place in the library’s wheelchair-accessible auditorium and is free.
Copies of “First Man”are available at the library. Go to www.jervislibrary.org or call 315-336-4570 to reserve a copy.
The full calendar of library events is available by clicking on “Google Calendar” at the library’s website, www.jervislibrary.org.