As part of the state's Dream Big -- Read! program, the Howland Public Library in Beacon will host a planetarium program for kids on Thursday, July 26.

Children ages 5-12 will be invited to enter the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum's inflatable StarLab planetarium during its visit to the library. Trained educators will be on hand to explain how to find real stars in the night sky, the stories behind constellation names, and more.

Admission is free. Space is limited. There will be three sessions: At noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (the latter session is almost filled). Adults must pick up children's tickets from Ginny Figlia, Youth Services Librarian, at the library before the event. Adults are welcome to accompany children to the event.

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Howland Public Library is at 313 Main St. For information call 845-831-1134 or go to

Dream Big -- Read! is 2012's Summer Reading at New York Libraries program for children. It is sponsored by the state Education Department in partnership with libraries across the state.