We are gearing up for a new school year and you are not going to want to miss the fun activities planned for this fall. We'll be meeting every Thursday at 1 p.m., so mark your calendars!
September 2, 2010 Ice Cream Social and Get to Know You Games: In September of 1903, Italo Marchiony applied for a patent for the ice-cream cone. Celebrate his tasty accomplishment by making your own ice cream-in-a-bag.
Red Bridge Discovery Club started its fall season with a great program presented by Bill from Operation Wildlife. Twenty-two children, ages 7 to 16, were able to determine an owl’s diet by dissecting owl pellets. After and intensive investigation, there were discoveries of tiny skulls, jawbones, vertebra, ribs, and leg bones. The finale of the program was meeting Bambam, a five-year-old barn owl who had been rescued as an owlet after his home was destroyed. Barney and Betty, two foster parent owls at Operation Wildlife, had raised him.
Did you know that catapults can fire projectiles up to 1,300 feet, or that many ancient civilizations including the Romans, the Greeks, and the Chinese used catapults in warfare? These are just a couple of the interesting things our Discovery Club learned at last week's tween program, Catapult Craze.
Discovery Club met on November 3rd to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos/The Day of the Dead. The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries on November 1st and 2nd. During these days, it is believed that the spirits of their loved ones lost return home. Relatives leave favorite foods and create altars for their loved ones to visit, while those living visit the graveyards for festivities. The Discovery Club kids decorated sugar skulls and made paper skeletons to celebrate the day.
We won't have any more Discovery Club meetings in 2010, but 2011 is just around the corner! On January 6th, join us for a Banana Split Party! March in and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a banana split party and the book Freedom on the Menu.
Remember to bring your favorite topping to share with the group!
We have two little visitors staying here with us for the next month or so. Healthy Herman and Junkfood Jimmy are two little white rats that are helping the Discovery Club kids learn about nutrition. Herman will eat healthy food for the next few weeks, and Jimmy will eat junk food. At the end of the experiment, we will see how each rat has changed in appearance and behavior due to their diet.
Every week, I prepare and present a program geared towards Homeschoolers, ages 7-12. This is a lot of fun! Before I decided to be a librarian, I originally wanted to be a teacher. This weekly program lets me be one for at least an hour a week.
Discovery Club has been renamed, and is now Homeschoolers @ the Library. This fall we will be continuing our Around-the-World series visiting Ancient Egypt and Germany. Our programs begin September 13, 2011 and runs through December 9, 2011. We will take off the week of Thanksgiving.
The programs run approximately 45 minutes to one hour and are geared for ages 6 through 12. We will have hands-on and/or craft projects with each program. Throughout the unit study on Germany, we will be learning some German words and phrases.