March 1, 1781. The Articles of Confederation were ratified by Congress. Under the Articles, Congress was the sole governing body of the new American national government, which consisted of the 13 original states. They remained in effect throughout  the Revolutionary War, until the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1789.

March 1, 1932. The 20-month-old son of  Charles A. Lindbergh was kidnapped from his home in Hopewell, New Jersey.

March 1, 1974.  Seven former high-ranking officials of the Nixon White House  - including former chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, top aide John Ehrichman, and former attorney general, John Mitchell - were indicted for conspiring to obstruct the investigation into the Watergate break-in.

March 4, 1933.  Newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office and delivered his first inaugural address. Attempting to restore public confidence during the Great Depression, he stated, "Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."" Roosevelt went on to be reelected to three more terms as president.

Stories featuring scientists and curious characters might inspire readers to explore and experiment with things they encounter. Find some suggestions below, then find an adult who can assist with your own observations and search for answers. Do you get the same results as the characters you read about?

NOTE: While we have divided the titles into groups for children in grades 2-5 and children in 5th grade and older, we recognize children read at different levels at different times in their lives. It is up to the child and their parent to determine which of these suggestions are appropriate for them.

Image of STEM chalkboard by Colleen Simon for opensource.com is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Grades 2-5

Lunch walks among us by James K Benton

Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in--which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan.

Nonfiction Book Group April 2017

Please join the Nonfiction Book Group to discuss:

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

An eye-opening vision of how our relationship to information has transformed the very nature of human consciousness. A fascinating intellectual journey through the history of communication and information, from the language of Africa's talking drums to the invention of written alphabets; from the electronic transmission of code to the origins of information theory, into the new information age and the current deluge of news, tweets, images, and blogs.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, April 15 -
10:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Community Room

Lunch and a Book April 2017

Please join Lunch and a Book to discuss:

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

Bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, April 13 -
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Community Room

The Arbor Consort Presents: An Elizabethan Afternoon of Songs

The Arbor Consort will perform, in period costumes, a colorful array of pop hits of the 16th century in their original a cappella form, songs from Italy, Spain, France, and Germany, and the golden age of Elizabethan England. The songs will be about passion and praise, revelations and remorse, chickens and cuckoos, nightingales and poplar trees, ham and wine, love and capriciousness. Each song will be introduced with a short narrative describing the historical context, and what makes the song interesting and notable. At the end of the presentation, Consort members will answer questions about life during the renaissance, and describe their clothing: ruffs, partlets, doublets, farthingales, bum rolls, cauls, coifs, and all.  Please join us for a fun, musical afternoon of living history.

 

The Arbor Consort, established in 1982, is a semi-professional, nonprofit organization dedicated to recreating small ensemble performances of a cappella Renaissance and Victorian-era music as they were originally performed. The Arbor Consort is the official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival.

Upcoming sessions

Sunday, April 23 -
2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Community Room

Attention all storytime fans! While our regular storytime sessions are not available in March, our storytime kits are! Even better, you can have a storytime at home. Storytime kits have a picture book, songs on cd, a puppet or stuffed animal, and fingerplays and rhymes that all center around the story. You can design your own storytime just the way you want with friends and family at home. Have fun, and tell us all about it when our library storytimes return in April.

Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.

Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, this is the story of a young working-class woman, Evey, who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as 'V.' Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, 'V' ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression.

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

A news reporter, along with seven others, witnesses the assassination of a political candidate. When the other seven die in "accidents", the newsman begins to doubt the official position, i.e that a lone madman was responsible for the crime..

Doctor Who Weeping Angels Escape

Weeping Angel

Calling all Whovians!  Use team-work in our game based on characters from the Doctor Who TV series.  Take on the role of the Doctor and his companions, navigating across our real-world playing field, or be a Weeping Angel and catch the Doctor and company before they escape.  The trick is to remember that the Angels can't move as long as someone makes continuous eye contact, so don't blink!  This program is suggested for tweens and teens.  No registration required.

DoctorWhoConv_8380 by Counse (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, April 5 -
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Community Room
Fahrenheit 451 [kit] by Ray Bradbury

In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 3 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

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