Big Kids @ UAPL

Science Explorer Summer Science Experiments

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This guest blog was written by Eileen, one of our summer interns here at the UAPL.  

 Are you running out of fun things to do this summer (besides reading, of course)? If so, have no fear because science will save the day! As you all know, the theme of the summer reading program this year is science. So what better way to have fun this summer than doing two awesome science experiments? With your parents’ permission and guidance, gather these simple ingredients and have a blast experimenting!

Make Your Own Bubbles!!

What you need:

Water
Dish soap
Small container
Bubble wand

Directions:

Pour equal amounts of water and dish soap into a container and stir gently.
Then, dip in the bubble wand and blow those bubbles!

Glow in the dark water!!

What you need:

Bowl
Water
 Highlighters

Directions:

Pour the water into the bowl
Cut the highlighter in half and pull the ink-soaked felt out of one half
Put the felt into the water, turn the lights off, and watch it glow!

For more fun science activities, check out these books!

 

 

International Chess Day is July 20th

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It is time to celebrate all things chess! Sunday, July 20th, is International Chess Day and it’s time to play! And read! Not only do we have lots of strategy guides, from beginner to advanced, but we also have lots of great chapter books about kids who love chess. And if that is not enough check out the movie  Searching for Bobby Fischer. See the trailer below for a sneak peek. 

Book Cover for Gollywhopper Games

And if chess is only one among many games that you love to play and can barely stop playing in order to do anything else – do not despair! We have some great books about games that incorporate games and puzzles for you to solve right into the story! My favorite so far is Gollywhopper Games and Gollywhopper Games: New Champion. Both are about a toy company who puts on a nationwide competition where participants must solve several rounds of puzzles and games, narrowing the completion down bit by bit, until there is one winner – who wins 1 million dollars!  The book’s website gollywhoppergames.com has games, puzzles, and contests.

For links to these books, other books about games and puzzles, and/or chess books in the library catalog, see the links below.

Happy Chess Playing!

Feathery Friends

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Earlier today the library had an interesting visitor.  A Red-tailed hawk rested for a while in the trees outside the front entrance.  According to a wonderful new book, National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds:  A Beginner's Guide, the Red-tailed hawk is the most common hawk in the United States. 

Learn all about the birds in your backyard with the help of these wonderful resources. 

UAPL Poetry Contest Winner, K-4 Division

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The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently sponsored a poetry contest for grades K-12.  The winner of the K-4 Division was Graci J.  Here's Graci's winning poem:

 

Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow where the stars shine shine bright.

Over the Rainbow where there is no fright.

Where the sun is shining,

the clouds are no longer crying.

That's where I'll be.

 

Where there is good and no evil.

The music is calm and there is always a song.

Where the sunset follows the moon and stars,

where everyone is happy where they are.

That's where I'll be.

 

When I wake and see my destination,

I can always to back to my imagination

I can take a ride on a shooting star,

go back to a place called Over the Rainbow.

That's where I'll be.

 

We have lots of great poetry books waiting for you at the library.  Stop in and check them out when you get the chance.  We'd love to see you!

Amazing Butterflies

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Looking for an idea for a family outing that is fun and educational? Check out the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden's newest interactive family exhibit “Amazing Butterflies” which opened May 17th. To help prepare for your visit check out some of our books about the life cycle of a butterfly.

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