Apollo 17 interviewer to present space-theme medals

WiO member Shen Roddie, who interviewed the last astronauts to set foot on the moon, will present medals to Oxfordshire youngsters who took part in a space-theme reading challenge. The event takes place on 2 October at the Central Library. The press release goes on:

Thousands of young people in the county participated in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – Space Hop, which ran from July 10 to September 18 – by registering at their local library, where they received a fold out poster and a holographic membership card detailing elements of the challenge, which involved reading six books of their choice.

Children’s author, Shen Roddie will present medals and certificates in the Children’s Library at Oxford’s Central Library on Saturday, October 2 from 2pm to around 40 youngsters who completed the challenge.

Shen, who is based in Oxford and whose books include Please Don’t Chat to the Bus Driver, will also give a talk about her experiences of interviewing the crew of Apollo 17 – the eleventh and most recent manned moon landing mission. The astronauts set foot on the moon in December 1972.

Shen is also the patron of the charity Assisted Reading for Children (ARCH), which annually helps around 500 struggling children to read. ARCH sends out about 200 volunteers into schools where reluctant readers are helped on a one-to-one basis.

Youngsters can ask library staff in advance if they would like their medal presented by Shen or they can simply arrive on the day. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Anybody wanting further information about Shen’s visit should contact the Children’s Library at Oxford’s Central Library on 01865 815373.