If you love reading to the moon and back, this is your opportunity to join in an out-of-this-world experience.

Libraries will on May 19 join National Simultaneous Storytime when NASA astronaut Shannon Walker presents the featured book Give Me Some Space by Philip Bunting.

Dr Walker will present the book from the International Space Station and beam into all Logan libraries.

The story, about a young girl’s dreams of life in space and completing her mission, will be read simultaneously to more than one million children across Australia and New Zealand.

The free session will be from 11am at Beenleigh, Logan Hyperdome, Jimboomba and Logan North libraries as part of Under 8s Week.

It will be part of the Wriggle and Rhyme sessions and will include a pre-recorded segment featuring the picture book from the International Space Station.

Dr Walker was the flight engineer on the International Space Station for Expedition 64 which has just concluded.

She has been an astronaut with NASA since 2004 and is married to Australian-born astronaut Andy Thomas.

Dr Walker began her career in 1987 as a robotics flight controller for the space shuttle program and has also worked space shuttle missions as a flight controller in the mission control centre.

Bunting’s books have been translated into multiple languages and published in more than 30 countries around the world.

To ensure the Logan Simultaneous Storytime sessions are delivered in line with Covid-safe guidelines bookings are essential and everyone attending, including parents, caregivers and children.

Bookings can be made online at loganlibraries.org/whats-on.

A limited number of free take-home activity packs also will be available through the libraries to celebrate Under 8s Week. They are full of craft and activity ideas for children aged 3-8 years old and will be available from all libraries from Wednesday May 19.

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