science

Super, Crazy Science!

An interactive program of hands-on science experiments and music!

Featuring the super, crazy scientist and musician Mark Shepherd.

 

 

Date: Wednesday, June 21 

Time: 3:00 p.m.

For ages 5-11

Remember to add your library programs to your Summer Reading logs for points!

Space is limited. Free tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to program. Children must be able to sit through program on their own; adults and younger siblings will be admitted on a space available basis.

Photo provided by Mark Sheperd.

STEM Time – Chemistry January 19th @ 5 PM [8+]

     Have you ever wondered what will happen if you mix the blue stuff with the red stuff? Will it fizz? Will it explode? Will it make a poisonous gas that will make me the next super hero villain?


     Come and join us in the Library Community Room on January 19th starting at 5 PM to see simple chemical experiments that you can replicate at home.

 

 

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Festive Fizzy Shapes

Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00 PM join the High Five Science Club presented by the University of Houston Be a Teacher Club and make Festive Fizzy Shapes. First, listen to the book Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle. Next, the kids will be putting baking soda, glitter, etc. along with colored vinegar in Christmas cookie cutters and the fizziness will make the shape of the cookie cutter.  Get a free ticket 30 minutes early at the desk. Limit 10, For kids 1st-3rd grade.

True Gore

Thrillers and horror books can creep you out and keep you awake. But they are nothing compared to the real world. If you have a strong stomach, these authors have written books about grim and gory subjects most people try to avoid. Read at your own risk:

Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year by Michael Farquhar

Mad Science - Mission Nutrition!

   Come to the Children's area on Monday, June 20th at 3:00 pm for Mad Science!  Learn the basics of nutrition from some of the wackiest scientists you'll ever meet!  If you come a bit early, you'll have a chance to meet the Chick-fil-A cow.  He'll be here at 2:00 pm  to meet, take pictures and have fun!  And, don't forget to register for the Summer Reading Program "On Your Mark, Get Set...Read" and receive a pin, certificate, medal and *FREE book by reading and completing activities!  *FREE book while supplies last!

Book Hunters #107: Readable Science

A very well-adjusted and successful highschooler recently told me, "Smart is the new dumb," which doesn't make much sense in any context but high school. It seems that a generation of young people have come to the revolutionary notion that intelligence is a good thing. I don't know about you, but when I was in high school, it wasn't cool to get good grades. It wasn't cool to learn for the sake of learning. Consequently, I knew a lot of really smart people who pretended that the only thing they had on their mind was their hair. Thankfully things have changed for the better which is probably at least partially responsible for the fact that some of the best writing being done today is science writing.

What Would Happen If.....

What if? by Randall MunroeThe question crosses your mind when you look up into the night sky... "I wonder what would happen if the moon went away."  The next day at the gym... "What if all these people on exercise bikes were hooked up to turbines to produce energy.  Would it be enough to run my coffeepot?"  Oh come on - you haven't thought these things before??  For those of you who have, check out Randall Munroe's What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.  

NASA's International Space Station Exhibit Orbits Around HCPL

ISS over earthWhat weighs one million pounds, is the size of a football field, zips along at a mind boggling 17,500 miles per hour about 330 miles above our heads and took the cooperative effort of fifteen nations to build?

Brushing Up on Science

Do you ever feel like high school was a long time ago?  I know I’ve forgotten so much about basic science since then, and all fields have expanded immensely.  I ran across A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson and was amazed at how much information he packs into such an entertaining read.  I particularly recommend the audiobook of the title, which the author narrated himself.  I just bought another copy for Father’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

Visual Science

Help Your Kids with ScienceA picture is worth a thousand words, right?  Maybe that's why I have trouble ordering from a menu without a picture of the dish.  And that's why I like "visual" books for learning.  One of the latest is Help Your Kids with Science: a Unique Step-by-step Visual Guide.  Check it out whether it's for your kids or for your own science refresher.

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