Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 6, 2012

To the moon

Image from You Will Go To the Moon by Mae and Ira Freeman

Illustration from “You Will Go To the Moon” by Mae and Ira Freeman and illustrated by Robert Patterson, published in 1959

The recent deaths of Sally Ride and Neil Armstrong have us thinking about astronauts and space travel.

When the children’s librarian in Troy, Michigan asked Neil Armstrong why libraries are important, he wrote back:

Through books you will meet poets and novelists whose creations will fire your imagination. You will meet the great thinkers who will share with you their philosophies, their concepts of the world, of humanity and of creation. You will learn about events that have shaped our history, of deeds both noble and ignoble. All of this knowledge is yours for the taking…Your library is a storehouse for mind and spirit. Use it well.

Here are some books from the Montclair collection to fuel your space dreams:



For more astronaut books, check out this list on GoodReads:


  1. Just found this video of Sally Ride talking about libraries at the 2008 American Library Association Annual Conference. “I have very, very fond memories of community libraries.” See/read the full interview here:

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