Sky rockets in flight were a delight for area youngsters Wednesday at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Library.

The children participated in a rocket launching contest.

Killeen resident Chiara Gutierrez, 9, said she made her rocket Tuesday.

“I put my hair bow on it to make it look nice on the sides,” Chiara said.

Thomas Gutierrez, 10, made a Superman rocket using red wrapping paper.

“I thought what usually doesn’t fly, and humans don’t usually fly, so I picked Superman because he flies,” Thomas said.

Catarina Gutierrez, 10, said she was glad her purple rocket flew high.

“It was really fun, and I never made one, so I thought I’d try something new,” she said.

Library Director Lisa Youngblood said some of the children didn’t fly their rockets because they didn’t want them to get beat up.

Contest winners were 6-year-old old Santos Aguado, who had the best science related rocket, the “Fire Dragon” rocket took the title of most creative, and “Diamond USA” earned the highest flyer and most aerodynamic awards.

Youngblood said the idea for the rocket launch was conceived before the summer began when she spoke with the Copperas Cove librarian, who mentioned purchasing an aqua launcher and allowed the Harker Heights library to borrow it in early June.

“It was so fun that the Friends of the Library bought us the aqua launcher as well as the supplies to launch the rocket,” she said.

Several programs at the library this summer allowed children to construct their rockets.

“We were interested because we were able to pull in everything about science — all the science related physics, techniques and airflow,” Youngblood said.

She said summer programs continue at the library, with the Lego Club at 2 p.m. Monday, crafts at 2 p.m. Tuesday, and regular storytime set for 10 a.m. Wednesdays.

Parents can visit the library to find a scheduled list or go to

Contact Rachael Riley at or 254-501-7553

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