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HARVARD — The Museum of Science and Harvard Public Library teamed up to offer youths a “far out” experience.

Volunteer Hall in the library hosted Starlab, the museam’s 12- by 25-foot inflatable planetarium, on July 19. The four half-hour presentations focused on summer stars, constellations and locating objects in the sky, said children’s librarian Abigail Kingsbury.

“They have a fabulous reputation, and it sounded like something fun to do,” she said.

Overall, Starlab is just one part of the library’s busy, multifaceted summer calendar.

In addition to special events, regular movie nights are held as well as the Summer Reading Program, which once again is providing donations to Heifer International, an organization that benefits hungry families around the world.

The reading program also provides prizes to young participants. The prizes were donated by the Friends of Harvard Public Library and have temporarily taken over much of the children’s room. Those awards, such as a miniature rubber ducky or a Heifer animal pin, are important incentives for the program’s larger objective, said Kingsbury.

“The goal of the summer reading program is to keep kids reading over the summer,” she said. “You want to retain the skills kids developed in school over the summer, and reading is one of the best ways to do that.”

So far, kids are responding. Kingsbury said the reading program has 283 active participants and is likely to pick up a few more before the program ends Aug. 17.

“It’s the busiest time of the year for the children’s room by far,” she said. “It always has been.”