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!

Rebound Rumble: Local FIRST Robotics Teams Invade

Wednesday June 20, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The FIRST Robotics teams from 3 local high schools will show off their robots and discuss how they built robots for competition. Rebound Rubble was the title of the 2012 Season's challenge, and teams built robots that could shoot or dunk a basketball at 3 different heights!

Don't miss the action and the chance to learn from these high tech teens!

This event is for teens in grades 6 - 12.

Cockroach Exhibit at Pittsfield Branch is Cause for Celebration.

Cockroaches often get a bad rap, and there's a whole host of misconceptions surrounding them, starting with the belief that they're dirty. Not so, and thanks to a new exhibit from the Leslie Science & Nature Center you can see just how clean they are by visiting the Pittsfield Branch. Two distinct species of live roaches will be on display for the summer, one winged and one flightless. Come learn about these oft-despised and misunderstood creatures, and make sure to look for the Summer Game code to earn 100 points for visiting the cockroaches.

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