Meet Animals From The Creature Conservancy For Teens And Adults

Tuesday July 24, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

The Creature Conservancy returns for another information-filled evening with their wonderful collection of wild animals! Animal lovers cannot miss this!

This event is for Grade 6 - Adults.

Parents of children grades K-5 please NOTE that the Creature Conservancy will be doing two presentations for kids on Aug. 9 at Pittsfield at 1:00pm and at 3:00 pm

Sally Ride, America's first woman astronaut, has died

Dr. Sally Ride, a physicist who made history when she answered a 1982 NASA newspaper ad for astronauts, died yesterday in San Diego.

Dr. Ride broke two records with her first of two spaceflights in 1983. Not only was she the first American woman to reach the stars, she was also the youngest astronaut in America's space program to do so.

A brilliant scholar with degrees in physics, astrophysics, and English, Dr. Ride spent her first year at NASA before her 1983 flight aboard the Challenger learning how to fly a jet plane and assisting in the development of a robotic arm. It was inevitable that her historic trip was immortalized by the endless playing of Wilson Pickett's song Mustang Sally, whose chorus consists of the lyrics, "All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride."

Dr. Ride spent another eight days in space in 1984. After her retirement in 1987, she returned to academics and wrote several books for children about science and space, including To Space & Back (1986) and Exploring Our Solar System (2003). She also started a company in 2001, Sally Ride Science, which funneled her deep love and passion for science into programs and training for schools and teachers.

Dr. Ride, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer, was 61.

Night Crew - Saturday July 21- Pittsfield Branch - 1-2pm and again from 3-4pm - Grades K-12

What's it like to be a nighttime predator? We'll learn about the habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation, food webs and classification of nocturnal birds when three owls visit from the Leslie Science & Nature Center. Don't miss this great opportunity to get a close view of a Barn Owl, Eastern Screech Owl and a Barred Owl. This event will be offered twice in its entirety, once from 1-2pm and again from 3-4pm. The first show tends to fill up quickly, so you may want to plan on attending the 3-4pm performance to get a better seat. This event is intended for grades K-12.

Nature's Recyclers: Vultures, Rats & Roaches - Tuesday July 17, 2012 - Pittsfield Branch - 1-2pm - Grades K-12

Learn to love nature’s unhuggables with a visit from a turkey vulture, rat, and cockroaches from the Leslie Science & Nature Center. If you've wanted to get a closer look at the roaches from the Pittsfield exhibit, then now's you chance, and there may even be an impressive new species brought along as well. We'll discover the important role of scavengers and recyclers in our everyday lives as we learn about habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation, food webs, classification, decomposers, scavengers and recycling. This event is intended for grades K-12.

Become A Scientific Illustrating Triple Threat!

Saturday July 14, 2012: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Multipurpose Room Downtown

Learn a variety of scientific illustration techniques from the talented artist Megan Foldenauer! This event is being held in conjunction with the June/July exhibit displayed at the Downtown branch “Illustrating Science: From Astronomy to Zoology.”

This event is for Grade 6 to Adult.

The Caterpillar Eggs Have Hatched! Come Visit the Caterpillars!

The Cecropia Moth eggs have hatched, and we have a batch of fuzzy little 1st instar caterpillars happily munching away on Black Walnut leaves. The 1st instar will only last for about 1 week, so visit Malletts Creek soon if you want to see them before they molt and start developing some very colorful patterns. There's also a new game code worth 200 points to celebrate the arrival of the caterpillars.

The Cecropia Moths Have Produced Eggs! New Game Code Now Available!

A pair of the Malletts Creek Cecropia Moths have successfully bred, and just recently laid a significant batch of eggs in the exhibit. Visit them quickly before they hatch, which will occur sometime in the next five days to two weeks, and collect a new game code to earn 150 Summer Game points. This fresh batch of eggs herald the imminent return of the caterpillars, watch for them soon.

Hunters of the Sky - Monday June 25 at Malletts Creek Branch

Meet several raptors from the Leslie Science & Nature Center including an American Kestrel, Barn Own, and a Bald Eagle. We'll learn about habitats, adaptations for survival, life cycles, conservation efforts and the food web as we engage with live raptors and a hands-on exploration of feathers, skulls and other raptor parts. This event will be offered in its entirety for two sessions at the Malletts Creek Branch, once from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and again from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. The first show tends to fill up quickly, so if you want to try for a closer look at the raptors you may want to plan on attending the 1:00 PM program.

Parent Shelf Finds: Science Fun

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from phonics to tantrums to potty training to diet. These books are available for checkout, and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf,” if you’d like to have one sent to a branch of your choice.

This summer the library is full of fun science programs! To go along with that, here are some science-related books you’ll find on the Parent Shelf.

+ Picture-perfect science lessons: Using children's books to guide inquiry

+ Oobleck, slime & dancing spaghetti: Twenty terrific at-home science experiments inspired by favorite children's books

+ Sandbox scientist : real science activities for little kids

See here for more, and let's have a fun, science-filled summer!

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