It’s mid-summer, and I get it. You’re bored even in America’s former number-one city, especially if you’re young, free and out of school.

As the late great playwright George Bernard Shaw aptly put it, “Youth is wasted on the young.”

I have some events that won’t cost a dime and may delight folks of all ages. And the concept has to do with the night sky.


Have you ever looked through a telescope and gazed in wonder at the moon or Saturn or the Spiral Galaxy?

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to engage in some astronomical fun at Nashua’s Public Library.

The first event is scheduled for this evening, July 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Ed Ting, a famous astrophotographer, will be the special guest. The amateur astronomer has had a variety of articles published in Sky & Telescope, Amateur Astronomy, Night Sky, Skywatch 20x and Popular Mechanics.

Ting’s “Heavenly Photography” will be on display this evening and throughout July. During a reception for the artist, you will be able to meet him and view his exciting portfolio of nebulae, galaxies, eclipses, and lunar sequences. Ting is also scheduled to give a talk about how he creates astrophotography.

Following Ed Ting’s reception, the library will take you back to earthly pursuits, so to speak, as Compaq Big Band performs on the Library Plaza at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m, Ed Ting is returning to the library to present “Observing the Night Sky.” If you’ve ever been curious about how to properly use a telescope and how to recognize constellations, he is a fine expert with a lot of knowledge to impart.

This unique event is part of the library’s summer reading program, whose theme this year is called “A Universe of Stories.”

I like the theme, and NPL does not disappoint. For example, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m., you can check out a father and son team from the popular radio show “Behind the Paranormal with Paul & Ben Eno.”

The pair are also authors and lecture around the United States and Europe about this very topic. On that evening, the pair will be presenting “Extreme UFO Encounters in New Hampshire and Beyond.”

Keeping the night sky suspense going, NPL will also feature “Sci-Fi Trivia Night,” Tuesday, August 13, at 7 p.m. As the library’s Outreach Coordinator, Carol Luers Eyman tells us, you can “come solo or bring an away team and compete for prizes in a space-themed trivia game.”

That sounds like a lot of fun, especially if you know your parsecs from your light years. Hey, don’t look at me.

NPL offers more than just research and reading these days. Public libraries have become valuable community centers. Just wait until the plaza renovation unfolds. Architect CRJA-IBI Group of Boston has been tapped for the project. Designers are looking at an “innovative renovation for the multilevel plaza area between the library building and the adjacent city-owned building at 14 Court Street.”

The library is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. How time flies!

Nashua Public Library is located at 2 Court Street in the downtown. For more details about these events, reach out to Carol at 589-4610.