Freegal – Five for Free – Spaced Out Edition

By Cameron M.

As the tag line for the movie Alien goes, “In space, no one can hear you scream.” I’ve always wanted to go to space. Maybe even attend a concert on the moon someday, and call it “Moonstock.” That would be super dope. Except, the absence of an atmosphere prevents sound from travelling across the surface of the moon…. bummer. Maybe the music being performed could be broadcast via radio wave and played through the boss sound system I would have hooked up in my spacesuit. If this theoretically impossible concert were ever to be organized, here are five songs that are all available for free download right now on Freegal that I would request to be played at Moonstock.

Spiritualized – Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space (Can’t help falling in love)

Find Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space in the Freegal DatabaseWhen booking this stellar festival, the band Spiritualized would have to bat leadoff. As The Earth rose above The Moon’s horizon and behind the main stage, their song, “Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space,” would serve to set the tone for the entire show perfectly. The lyrics from Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” are sung in canon behind the main verse, creating a beautifully dissonant, albeit understated, backdrop. Continue reading “Freegal – Five for Free – Spaced Out Edition”

Science Friday: An astronaut answers Seattle librarians’ question from the International Space Station

by Linda J.

We made a little video and sent it into outer space, asking astronaut Reid Wiseman, currently living and working on the International Space Station, to talk about a book that changed his view of the world. His thoughtful answer shows the power of imagination and what reading means in his life. Take a look! Continue reading “Science Friday: An astronaut answers Seattle librarians’ question from the International Space Station”

One giant leap for mankind

What the country needs now is more heroes. Not the celebrities that the media fixates on, but the real deal.

That’s what I thought after reading Rocket Men: the Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon by Craig Nelson. I picked it up after hearing about the winding down of NASA’s manned space shuttle program – and all the excitement came back. The author recreates the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, and gives us compelling details about the astronauts, the mission, and the space race. Continue reading “One giant leap for mankind”

In space, no one can hear you read…

So, there you are bobbing along weightlessly — another dull evening orbiting Earth. How do you pass the time? Well, if you’re on the International Space Station, you do have some entertainment options!

Image of Intl. Space Station provided courtesy of NASAThanks to a Freedom of Information request, NASA recently released a list of all the books, movies, and music currently on the station.

As you might expect from a group of scientists and space enthusiasts, the list of books is rather heavy on the science fiction. But, there are a few surprises, too. Could Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison ever have dreamed that their Federalist Papers would be in orbit? For that matter, do you think David Sedaris ever thought his Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim would make the list? And, if you’ve come to realize that the whole “space thing” isn’t for you, they Continue reading “In space, no one can hear you read…”