Turlock library gets gloopy at science camp

06/16/2014 4:50 PM

06/16/2014 11:10 PM

Tied into the Stanislaus County Library’s summer reading program, which has the theme “Fizz Boom Read,” the Turlock library on Monday kicked off a three-session science camp.

The first session was “The Scoop on Gloop,” in which children were read the story “The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School,” by Judy Sierra, then made their own corn starch-based gloop to play with.

The next Monday session is “Does it Float?” Kids will hear a reading of “Mr. Grumpy’s Outing,” by John Burningham, and build a boat that “might” float.

The final science camp session, June 30, is “Let it Snow.” Children will hear the story “Snowflake Bentley,” by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, said children’s librarian Olga Cardenas, then will see a “snowy” science experiment and make snow globes.

The science camp sessions are free and begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Turlock library, 550 Minaret Ave. No advance registration is required, Cardenas said.

To learn more, call the Turlock library at (209) 664-8100.

Other county branch libraries also have science-themed activities coming up.

Thursday at the Ceres library, children and their families will be able to create their own energy through a hands-on science activity. The program will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

On June 25 at 1 p.m., the library will have a rock and fossil show. Terry McMillin, the “Rock Lady,” will introduce the audience to an array of rocks, fossils and dinosaur bones.

And June 25, teens and tweens will have the opportunity to build a catapult using craft sticks. Participants will tap into their creative side while learning about the science of projectile objects. The craft begins at 3 p.m.

The programs are sponsored by Friends of the Ceres Library. The Ceres library is at 2250 Magnolia Ave. For more information, call the library at (209) 537-8938.

And in Keyes, the library will share with kids a fun and tasty science experiment – making ice cream. That event is at 1 p.m. June 25 at the Keyes library, 4420 Maud Ave. For more information, call (209) 664-8006.

For more on the Stanislaus County Library’s summer reading program and activities for children and teens, go to www.stanislauslibrary.org.

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