Science

Super STEAM Summer Series

Let's think outside of the box for a second...What does STEAM mean to you? This summer CPL is deviating from the norm and providing innovative programming around the science, technology, engineering, art and math disciplines. This programming is developed for patrons aged 11-13 and registration is required. Topics are as follows...

  • Friday, June 23 -  HTML - In this first session you will learn the basics of HTML coding, and design your own website. Customize the font, content, colors, and more. Bring a flash drive so you can save it, take it home, and show off your work. Designed for students with no coding experience. Registration is required and begins May 25.
  • Thursday, July 6 - Industrial Design: Where Art Meets Science - What's your big idea? Learn how Industrial Design helps tell the story of science ideas. Sketch, draw and design away. Registration is required and begins on June 23.
  • Thursday, August 10 - Sound Frequencies of a DJ - Motown DJ and producer Mike Huckaby visits the library for a STEAM experience like no other. Learn the ins and outs of sound mixing as well as the science behind the sound. Registration is required and begins July 25.

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Upcoming sessions

Friday, June 23 -
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Internet Lab HTML Registration required.
Thursday, July 6 -
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Community Room Industrial Design: Where Art Meets Science
Thursday, August 10 -
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Community Room Sound Frequencies of a DJ

World Lizard Day

lizard

Leapin' lizards, it's World Lizard Day, and we're going to celebrate with a visit from some scaly friends from the Leslie Science and Nature Center.  Experience seeing live lizards up close and expand your knowledge about these interesting reptiles.  No registration is required.  This program is for ages 6 and up.

Lizard by Sergy G (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming sessions

Monday, August 14 -
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Community Room

STEM Saturday

Children in ages 7-10 interested in science, technology, engineering and math will learn something new each month in a STEM topic. Get introduced to concepts through presentations, active exploration, and creative projects. Registration Required.

  • Saturday, June 3 -  Immune System - Learn about the immune system and how your body protects itself from disease. Track the spread of a "virus" in a hands-on learning opportunity. Registration is required and begins May 25.
  • Saturday, July 29 - Theme TBA  - Registration is required and begins on June 23.
  • Saturday, August 12 - Theme TBA - Registration is required and begins July 25.

 

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, June 3 -
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room Immune System Registration required.
Saturday, July 29 -
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room Theme TBA
Saturday, August 12 -
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Community Room Theme TBA

The month of February is Black History Month in the United States. Check out a biography about a famous black inventor or scientist and learn how their contributions have changed the way we live.

Simple text and illustrations explore the life of African Canadian inventor Elijah McCoy.

Presents the life of the astrophysicist, including his childhood in the Bronx, his academic career, and his status as a scientific expert.

STEM Saturday: Bridges

Mackinaw Bridge at Night

Children in ages 7-10 interested in science, technology, engineering and math will learn something new each month in a STEM topic. This month, learn about bridges, how their structural supports function, and then work to design the strongest bridge out of household supplies. Registration is required.

Image of Mackinaw bridge at night by J Dykstra is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Richard Feynman once quipped: "Time is what happens when nothing else does." But Julian Barbour disagrees: if nothing happened, if nothing changed, time would stop. For time is nothing but change. It is change that we perceive occurring all around us, not time. In fact, time doesn't exist. In this highly provocative volume, Barbour presents the basic evidence for the nonexistence of time, explaining what a timeless universe is like and showing how the world will nonetheless be experienced as intensely temporal.

What do snowflakes, mirrors, and the universe as a whole have in common? Physicist Dave Goldberg takes readers on a warp-speed road trip guided by the notion that while randomness may seem to rule our lives, it never seems to erase an essential orderliness. Space, time, and everything in between in our elegant universe - from the Higgs boson to antimatter to the most massive group of galaxies - are shaped by hidden symmetries

pioneering theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains the groundbreaking new scientific advances that turn the most basic philosophical questions on their heads. One of the few prominent scientists today to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing, with surprising and fascinating results. The staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories are all described accessibly in A Universe from Nothing, and they suggest that not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. 

"The Hidden Reality" reveals how major developments in different branches of fundamental theoretical physics -- relativistic, quantum, cosmological, unified, computational -- have all led us to consider one or another variety of parallel universe.

STEM Saturday: Buoyancy

Children aged 7-10 years old, interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) will learn something new each month. Join us this month as we discuss and explore buoyancy. What floats, what doesn't, and why? Registration required and begins August 26th.

Image of floating boat by Rocky A is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

An entertaining and profound look at the lives of birds, illuminating their surprising world--and deep connection with humanity. Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As scientists come to understand more about the secrets of bird life, they are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself. The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatross, and other mysteries--revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature. 

A frustrated housewife sets out to see more bird species than anyone in history--and ends up risking her life again and again in the wildest places on earth. Phoebe Snetsinger had planned to be a scientist, but, like most women who got married in the 1950s, she ended up keeping house, with four kids and a home in the suburbs by her mid-thirties. Numb and isolated, she turned to bird-watching, but she soon tired of the birds near home and yearned to travel the world. Then her life took a crushing turn: At forty-nine, she was diagnosed with cancer and told that she had less than a year to live. Devastated, she began crisscrossing the globe, finding rare and spectacular birds that brought her to the heights of spiritual ecstasy. Life List is a powerful portrait of a woman who found refuge from society's expectations in a dangerous and soul-stirring obsession.

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The Big Year is Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Obmascik's account of what was to become the greatest birding year of all time. It was freak weather conditions that ensured all previous records were broken, but what becomes clear within the pages of this classic portrait of obsession is that while our feathered friends may be the objective of the Big Year competition, it's the curious activities and behavioral patterns of the pursuing "homo sapiens" that are the real cause for concern. It is a contest that reveals much of the human character in extremes. Such are the author's powers of observation that he brilliantly brings to life and gets under the skin of these extraordinary, eccentric and obsessive birders while empathizing with and eventually succumbing to the all-consuming nature of their obsession. The result is a wonderfully funny, acutely observed classic to rank alongside the best of Bill Bryson. 

Most people would love to be able to fly like a bird, but few of us are aware of the other sensations that make being a bird a gloriously unique experience. What is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? How do desert birds detect rain hundreds of kilometers away? How do birds navigate by using an innate magnetic compass? Tracing the history of how our knowledge about birds has grown, particularly through advances in technology over the past fifty years, Bird Sense tells captivating stories about how birds interact with one another and their environment. 

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