Science

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.

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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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Saturday STEM

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, September 23 - Spheros - Test drive these little rotund robots resembling BB8 without a head. You are the brains behind their movements. Registration is required and begins August 25.
  • Saturday, October 21 - HTML - Learn how computers process information and some basic HTML prompts. We'll meet in the Computer Lab and put our new knowledge to the test. Bring a flash drive to save your work for future editing opportunities. Registration is required and begins September 25.

 

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, September 23 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Spheros - Registration begins Aug. 25 Registration required.
Saturday, October 21 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Internet Lab HTML -- Registration begins Sept. 25

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

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