Dome Theater Presentations to Feature Animation Produced at NCSA

The Dome Theater will bring a high-definition, visually immersive experience for kids and young teens to the Champaign Public Library on Saturday, September 25. Between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., four different 30-minute programs on a variety of science topics will be shown in rotation inside the inflatable dome, which accommodates about 30 people. The dome will be inside Robeson Pavilion Room A & B at the library, located at 200 W. Green St.

Free tickets are now available to the general public at the library children’s desk. Show titles and recommended grade ranges are: “The Dinosaur Prophecy,” for grades K to 4; “Passport to the Universe,” for grades 3 to 8; “The Search for Life: Are We Alone?” for grades 4 to 8; and “Night of the Titanic,” for grades 5 to 8.

Two of the films, “The Search for Life” and “Passport to the Universe,” feature complex sequences made at the University of Illinois, using the computational power of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the creative expertise of its Advanced Visualization Lab, whose work is also seen in a variety of IMAX theaters and digital full-dome planetariums.

The library presentation offers unusually broad access and a unique opportunity for families to visit the dome, which typically stops at schools. For more information, call the library at 217/403-2030 or see event details on the library’s website at