Science

Last Tuesday, January 16th at 8:08pm, a meteor lit up the skies over southeastern Michigan. The vibrations from the noise the meteor made as it entered the atmosphere were strong enough to register as a 2.0 earthquake on the Richter scale! 

But... what is a meteor made of? Where did it come from? Why did it make such a loud noise? What is the difference between a meteor and a shooting star? When does a meteoroid become a meteor? Is a meteor the same as an asteroid? You've got questions and we've got answers! Check out the list of books and DVDs below for your space-related information needs.

Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

Every year the Canton Public Library staff name their favorite book of the year.  This list is a mixture of  Adult, Teen, Tween, and Children's Non-fiction published between December 2016 - December 2017.

When Swedish-born Linda McGurk moved to small-town Indiana with her American husband to start a family, she quickly realized that her outdoorsy ways were not the norm. In Sweden children play outside all year round, regardless of the weather, and letting young babies nap outside in freezing temperatures is not only common--it is a practice recommended by physicians. In the US, on the other hand, she found that the playgrounds, which she had expected to find teeming with children, were mostly deserted. In preschool, children were getting drilled to learn academic skills, while their Scandinavian counterparts were climbing trees, catching frogs, and learning how to compost. Worse, she realized that giving her daughters the same freedom to play outside that she had enjoyed as a child in Sweden could quickly lead to a visit by Child Protective Services. 

Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more than half the world's 10,000 species of birds in one year.  In 2015, Noah Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the world's birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species--by far the biggest birding year on record. This is no travelogue or glorified checklist. Noah ventures deep into a world of blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, airline snafus, breakdowns, mudslides, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation, conservation triumphs, common and iconic species, and scores of passionate bird lovers around the globe. By pursuing the freest creatures on the planet, Noah gains a unique perspective on the world they share with us--and offers a hopeful message that even as many birds face an uncertain future, more people than ever are working to protect them.

STEM Curiosity (previously STEM Saturday)

New name, same great program. Previously called STEM Saturday, children 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.

  • February 22 - CANCELLED
  • March 22 - The Four Forces of Flight. Learn the basic physics of flight as we explore what makes it possible for things (including paper airplanes) to fly. Participants will conduct experiments and do activities that demonstrate the four forces at work. Registration begins on February 21st. 

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, February 22 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room CANCELLED
Thursday, March 22 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room Four Forces of Flight

Glasses and hand-held viewers for safe observation of the solar eclipse are in high demand right now. Local retail outlets are sold out, and libraries and other organizations are distributing their limited supplies today, Monday, August 21. 

CPL will be distributing its remaining glasses on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 1:30 PM on the day of the eclipse. 

The American Astronomical Society has put together a list of reputable vendors for those seeking to buy glasses. Or use make your own pin hole viewer, like this one from NASA, or this one using paper plates.

 

 

Hey Kids,

You might have heard a little something about the sun going dark on August 21. In honor of this amazing event, we have a few out-of-this-world programs coming up in August: a visit from a traveling planetarium (requires registration) and an eclipse viewing gathering (no registration necessary). To prepare for the big day you can also check out some books on this amazing phenomenon. For more information on viewing the eclipse safely, NASA has answers for you. Happy viewing!

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Provides trivia on the planets, the Sun, and other celestial bodies, including the temperature on the surface of the Sun, why Pluto is considered a dwarf planet, and when and where one can see the next total solar eclipse.

Longway Planetarium's Traveling Sky Dome

In preparation for the Solar Eclipse on August 21 we are inviting you to cast your eyes upward. Flint's Longway Planetarium's traveling program is bringing an inflatable dome of state-of-the-art video technology to our library, immersing the viewer in a dark, cloudless night sky during the daytime. Participants will experience the wonder of scientific exploration as the inflatable dome is rendered in a realistic model of the night sky over Michigan. With the aid of video images and simulations, students will get an up-close look at some of the most distant objects that can be seen from Earth.

There will be one show, repeated three times according to the schedule below. Each show is approximately 30-40 minutes. Please sign up for only one of the time slots. Registration is required for ALL participants. The program is appropriate for patrons aged 5 and up.

Upcoming sessions

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So what happens when you tell leaders that they can definitely--right now - reduce the number of children who have asthma attacks, save thousands of Americans from dying of respiratory disease, cut energy bills, increase the security of our energy supply, make it easier for everyone to get around town, increase the number of jobs in their community--all while increasing the long-term stability of the global climate?  In these times, when it's less and less clear if the federal government will be willing to tackle climate change, Bloomberg and Pope lay out a powerfully persuasive argument about how cities can play an outsize role in fighting and reversing the dangerous effects of a warming planet.

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.

[light and sound image by Derek Σωκράτης Finch shared under CC 2.0]

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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)

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