Whatcom County libraries feature summer science and magic events

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 4, 2014 

Whatcom County libraries are marking the start of their Spark Summer Reading Challenge with science and magic presentations at several locations.

- Dan the Magic Man offers humor and magic in a performance for ages 4-11 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Everson Library; from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Deming Library; and from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Blaine Library.

- The libraries' Summer Reading Kickoff features the Pacific Science Center's "Physics on Wheels" exhibit for elementary school-age children. See lids pop off cans and electrified hair stand on end, plus many other exhibits for hands-on scientific fun. Participants will see how a kaleidoscope works, watch an experiment with a Fresnel lens (used in lighthouses), learn how static electricity travels, feel the effect of an electromagnet, and create an electrical circuit to power a light bulb.

Presentations are 3-6 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Ferndale Library; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the new South Whatcom Library in Sudden Valley.

Spark Museum of Electrical Invention is bringing some of its modern equipment and historic artifacts for kindergarten through fifth-grade demonstrations from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Lynden Library; and from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the new South Whatcom Library in Sudden Valley.

"Science Magic" programs for kindergartners through fifth grade are 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at the Island Library; 3:45-4:45 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the North Fork Library; 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Blaine Library; 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at the South Whatcom Library; 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Ferndale Library.

Reach Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or robert.mittendorf@bellinghamherald.com.

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