Posted on June 4, 2019 at 6:00 am
All summer long we’re exploring the planets and stars at the library during A Universe of Stories. For kids and families, the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company, The Zaniac, and Mobius Science Center all present programs to delight all.
Along with these entertaining and educational programs, we have STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs for kids, teens, and adults. Adults can learn more about astronomy from the Spokane Astronomical Society and from our staff picks booklist. Our Library of Things also has telescopes for check out!
And there’s even more. We invite you to have an out-of-this-world experience at the library this summer!
My Mother the Astronaut: To the Moon and Beyond!
Presented by Traveling Lantern Theatre Company
Aquarius can’t wait to go to NASA where her mom works as an astronaut. They visit Mission Control where she meets scientists and engineers and learns all about space travel. With her incredible imagination, Aquarius dreams of incredible journeys through the cosmos! Grades K–5
Presented by Mobius Science Center
Starting June 24
Explore space with hands-on activities brought to the library by Mobius Science Center. Some programs include the planetarium for even more space discovery. Grade K–5
Kids 8 and under must bring an adult. This program is sponsored by the Diane E. Zahand fund.
Presented by The Zaniac
This science show by The Zaniac is an explosive mix of juggling and fun. See his tornado of juggling skills combined with a whirlwind of physics knowledge, sure to make your brain howl in delight. Grades K–5
Earth from Space
See amazing views of Earth from space. Vivid posters present rare views of events such as dust storms, forest fires, volcanic eruptions, and hurricanes. Come get a glimpse of what our planet looks like to astronauts traveling in space!
Earth from Space is brought to you courtesy of the United States Geological Survey and the Smithsonian Institution.
Beginning Saturday, Jun 15
Presented by NASA Solar System Ambassador Joe Bruce
Discover the history of human space exploration and catch a glimpse into NASA’s achievements for our planet. See an actual spacesuit, a glove from a Shuttle EVA suit, a small rocket steering thruster, a piece of Martian meteorite, and other artifacts from the space program. Joe Bruce shares his experiences of witnessing four Space Shuttle launches and the maiden launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy from the historic Launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All ages
Thursday, Sep 26, 7–9pm
Leap into Science: Balance
School’s out, so let’s do science! We’ll read stories about balance and be on the edge of our seats as we tackle hands-on experiments exploring the concept of balance. All ages
Leap into Science programs were created by the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia.
Thursday, Jun 13, 10:30–11:30am
Build a Rocket
Build a simple rocket design, and then launch your rocket to measure how high it goes. We provide the materials. All ages
Tuesday, Jun 25, 2–3:30pm
Build your imagination with KEVA planks, straws and connectors, architecture blocks, and other construction materials. All ages
Friday, Jun 28, 2–3pm
Engineering with Cardboard
Build a rocket, space station, or interstellar landing module—the universe is the limit for this engineering extravaganza! We provide the materials. You bring your imagination. All ages
Summer LEGO Clubs
Inspire your imagination and keep your engineering and problem-solving skills sharp with an abundance of LEGO bricks. All ages
Kids 6 and under must bring an adult.
June 18 – July 18
Explore the world of polymers with Radical Rick. Make your own slime to take home! Supplies are provided. Registration is required. Grades 4+
This program is sponsored by the Diane E. Zahand Fund.
Deep Space Escape
June 25–August 15
While in deep space, you and your crew wake unexpectedly from your stasis chambers. You have 30 minutes to discover what’s gone wrong and regain control of your spaceship! Can you solve the puzzles and clues in time to survive? Registration is required. Ages 10+
After Hours: Teen Video Camera Crew Intensive
When the library closes, we have the perfect after-hours setting to create a “what not to do with library materials” informational video. Learn how to light a scene, use a green screen, record video, monitor audio, and edit footage in Final Cut Pro X.
Registration and signed permission form are required. Grades 9–12
Video Camera Crew Create: News Segment
Work with others as a camera crew to make a news segment. Learn to light a scene, use a green screen, record video, and edit video in Final Cut Pro X. Registration is required. Grades 4+
Video Camera Crew Intensive: Visit Mars!
You’ve been hired by the Mars Adventure Travel Corporation! Create short commercials with your crew to persuade tourists to visit Mars. Learn to use a green screen and incorporate real images of Mars as the backdrop for your thrilling adventures in tourism. Registration is required. Grades 4+
Take It Apart
Curious about how things work? Now you can take them apart and demystify technology! Using basic tools, gloves, and safety goggles, we’ll take apart electronics, small appliances, and other devices donated by Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest. Though these gadgets no longer serve their purpose, they may still reveal secrets. Grades K+
Kids 8 and under must bring an adult.
THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
Saturday, Sep 7, 10am–12pm
Astronomy at the Library
Presented by Spokane Astronomical Society
June 11–September 15
Learn how to use binoculars for stargazing and navigating the night sky. Bring a pair of binoculars for a spin and a viewing, conditions permitting. Adults
Create with Glowforge
Your creative ideas come to life with Glowforge, the 3D laser printer. Glowforge uses a laser to cut, engrave, and carve designs into a lot of different materials, such as wood, acrylic, cardboard, and leather. Learn to create a design with software, and leave with a finished project. Registration is required. Ages 16+
3D Printing Drop-In Hours
Stop by to see the 3D printer in action. Learn how to use Tinkercad software to create your 3D rendering. Get answers to your 3D printing questions.
It’s more than an encyclopedia! Keep your mind sharp all summer with experiments, activities, and games to build your brainpower. Visit www.scld.org/world-book.
Science in Context
Get your science on! Learn about space exploration and astronomy this summer to impress family and friends. Visit www.scld.org/science-in-context.
All about Space Booklist for Kids
Discover our universe with these books all about space, rockets, stars, planets, and more. Visit www.scld.org/space-books.
Space & Astronomy Booklist
Explore the night sky with the help of these books about astronomy and space exploration. Visit www.scld.org/astronomy-books.
Check Out a Telescope
Our Library of Things now has three Orion telescopes donated by the Spokane Astronomical Society that you can borrow. Explore the moon, planets, and stars. Place a hold for a telescope online at www.scld.org/telescope.
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