Westlake Village Reads has
astronomy theme for program
By Robyn Flans
to The Star
About 25 people showed up Sunday evening at the
Westlake Yillage Library
for an astronomy
off the Westlake Village Reads program.
The sixth annual program is
sponsored by the
city of Westlake
Village, the Westlake Village Library
and Friends of the Westlake Village Library.
Under the Stars, the first of seven activities for this
year's nature theme, was hosted by the nonprofit organization
Sidewalk Astronomers, which sends speakers to schools and libraries
Bob Alborzian, a member of the Sidewalk
since 1968, spoke to the group and took apart the 8~inch
Dobsonian telescope he made, showing how easy it is to
"I met John
Dobson on the UC Berkley campus
in '68. He started this organization
in 19578 and now we are in more than
200 countries around the world. Hie taught me how to build
a telescope and
to do a .public program," Alborzian said. "He was
like a father to me. I
learned so much from him. He opened astronomy and
telescope making to the public. Before him it was a
was no one with telescopes."
One of Alborzian's
goals is to , encourage young
people t-0 pursue. Careers
"The United States is No. 28 in
the world in science.
It's a tragedy,'" he said. "I tell the youth, 'Get
a degree in science, there
is a job waiting for you.'"
Outside in the courtyard, Alborzian
the moon through his telescope to the guests.
three craters," he told them. "The
center crater is the Sea of Tranqujllity
II landed in 1969. Buzz.Aldrin and Neil Armstrong
walked on that piece of property."
Moulton, 11, of Westlake Village, was
excited when she saw the moon through the telescope.
"It was really bright," Abigail said.
Her 8-year-old sister Emily Moulton said she
saw the craters.
said. "It was very cool.''
Newbury Park resident James Hernandez brought
his 3-year-old son Ayden Hernandez.
interested in the planets and things Hke
that," Hernandez said. "I took him to the Griffith
Park Observatory; too. I'm teaching him about the solar
"I know Mars and Jupiter,' Ayden said. "I saw the
from Sidewalk Astronomers, focused
his telescope on the Pleiades, or Seven
"It's a gathering of stars that ride on the back of
Taurus, the bull," Willis said.
Price, of Westlake Village, said she enjoyed
the evening. "The stars looked a
little like the Milky Way,'' Price
said. "This was a wonderful program.''
Brianne Anderson, community Services Coordinator
for the city of Westlake Village, said the Westlake
program is different from that of most
"Most cities choose one book and run with it,'' Anderson
"We choose a theme. Instead of a particular
book, we have a book list and a book
for each program, so right now there are about
titles on astronomy in the library. That gives a
chance for people
to read multiple titles."
and February there will
be classes and activities.
"Westlake Village Reads increases literacy,
gives our residents an opportunity to
come to our
library and increases our community spirit. F
or more information:
Westlake Village Reads program