If you're wondering just what in the world is happening with our weather lately, the National Climatic Data Center at NOAA has the answer. According to their recently released report State of the Climate: National Overview for June 2012, the 12-month period from July 2011 to June 2012 was the warmest on record for the contiguous United States. (Their records go back to 1895.) The national average temperature was 3.2 degrees higher than the long-term average, with every single contiguous state except for Washington warmer than average temperatures. In addition, the period from Januray to June 2012 was the warmest first half of a year on record.
Faster: the acceleration of just about everything by James Gleick
Galileo's pendulum: from the rhythm of time to the making of matter by Roger G. Newton
Breaking the time barrier: the race to build the first time machine by Jenny Randles
Chronos: how time shapes our universe by Etienne Klein ; translated by Glenn Burney
The mechanism for how a hot tub can become a time machine isn't well-explained. However, if you acquire a hot tub and the chronological mechanism never works, at least you have a hot tub, right? For further instructions view:
Picture books about the moon are a perfect choice for bedtime reading. If you're a fan of the classic story Goodnight Moon, give these other great books a try.
And if the moon could talk by Kate Banks; pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle
Kitten's first full moon by Kevin Henkes
[Star-forming region NGC 3603 is by NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI) as licensed under this notice.]
Since the dawn of time, man has dreamed of traveling through the heavens. Today's students are tomorrow's astronauts! Explore the wonders of the night skies on Saturday, July 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. In the comfort of their large inflatable Starlab Dome, Dynamic West Assemblies bring the star-filled presentation to you. An awe-inspiring program that is fully interactive, this one is not to be missed!
We will repeat the same show several times within the two hour program time beginning at 10:00 AM. Please be aware that space is limited.
We can all observe Earth Day this year by educating ourselves about the challenges that face our environment and what we can do about it. Try some of the titles suggested below to get started:
The age of stupid [videodisc] — Pete Postlethwaite stars as an archivist living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, who spends his days looking at old footage from the years leading up to 2015 - when a cataclysmic climate change took place.
Meet and learn about some of Michigan's animals that wake up when you go to bed! The Organization for Bat Conservation will present their program: Animal Adaptations: Bats! Owls! Flying Foxes!. Discover the fascinating features and adaptations of a variety of Michigan's native nocturnal creatures. In this program, learn what adaptations are, how they are formed and why animals develop these amazing tools for survival. Live animals will be present! Join us on Sunday, April 22nd from 2:00-3:00 PM to kick off our Earth Week celebrations.
This post is part of our Earth Day 2012 celebration.
Join Dominic Crea of Science Wonders on Thursday, March 8 from 7:00-8:00 PM as he answers these and many other questions of a scientific nature. You will learn how electricity and magnetism, sound, heat, mechanics and chemistry permeate our everyday lives. This program is designed for kids aged 8 and up. Parents welcome.
We invite you to register for the final workshop in the series titled Build the $6 Million You: Making the most of your health. The event takes place in the Community Room on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 1:00-2:00 PM. You will learn what you can do to improve and maintain your health. You will examine how your environment, healthy eating and exercise influence your health and well-being. Workshops are designed for children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult. Online registration begins February 25 at 9:00 AM.
Health Discovery Day is the final celebration of the Vital Signs Health programs CPL has offered over the last few months. Discover the connection between health and evolution. Come find out if you are a "super taster", and what that might have meant for our ancestors' survival. Ever wonder what's in a cell? Explore some specimens under a microscope and make you own model cell to take home. Test your vital signs just like the doctors do and learn about some of the things you can do to make sure your body continues to run like a well-oiled machine. So many activities and so many guests… who knew health could be so much fun?! The event is free, open to the public and takes place throughout the entire Museum.
The bus will be leaving Canton Public Library on Saturday, March 24th at 9:00 AM and returning to CPL at 5:00 PM. Please bring a lunch with you or plan to walk to one of Ann Arbor's great eating establishments. Online registration begins March 10th and is required for all participants. Open to children age 6-11. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
As part of CPL's 100 Days of Health series, we invite you to register for the second workshop in the series titled Germs, Bacteria, and Allergies, Oh MY!: What makes us sick and what makes us well? The event takes place in the Purple Room on Saturday, February 11, 2012, from 1:00-2:00 PM. You will look at some of the things that make us sick, and find out what our bodies do to protect themselves. Workshops are designed for children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult. Online registration for this event begins on January 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM.
In commemoration of Black History Month we are celebrating some of Black America’s firsts in aviation and aerospace. Through the month of February, stop by and view our display case near the Receptionist Desk highlighting some of these pioneering aviators. From the first known Black pilot to the youngest African American (12 yrs) flyer. Their lives and stories are a celebration of the human spirit and an inspiration to all that against all odds and great adversity you can achieve your dream… you can touch the sky! To learn more about blacks in aviation visit some of these exciting resources: