To schedule a Program
To schedule a forty-five minute science program at your local library, please email your name, number of participants, and your phone number to: Lynne Bloom at email@example.com or call (302) 834-1978 or (302) 659-5003 and leave a number where we can reach you.
The cost for the Library Outreach programs are $150 plus an additional traveling fee of $.40/mile based on the traveling distance to and from the Outpost. Fees will be figured at the time of sign-up and added to the total fee.
Has your little scientist ever taken apart a kaleidoscope? You and your child will explore kaleidoscopes using a tabletop model and make and reflect a geometric design into infinity! Also make and take your own simple kaleidoscope viewer. You can even check out a few dazzling books while you’re there. What fun!
Insects Aren’t As Yucky As You Think
Did your child ever get “bugged” by an insect? Come to the library to study some friendly ones. Your child will learn about the life cycle of a ladybug and the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly, with little hand-sized models. See our collections of dearly departed insects and work with your child to create their own insect model. Take home a picture of an insect to color. Plus you’ll find insect books by Eric Carle – need we say more?
Wee Weather Watchers
Calling all mini-meteorologists – it’s time to learn about the weather. Your child will “be” the liquid in a thermometer, as they learn about temperatures and how to dress for them. Have fun making a take home thermometer and a simple kite to experiment with wind. And just think about all of the wonderful weather books at the library! The forecast is for interesting science with a good chance of fun!
Make a Date With Dinosaurs
Too young for a scary trip through Jurassic Park? Our dinosaurs are much more tame. Complete a Protoceratops dinosaur skeleton by putting the last few pieces in place. See how your eyes, arms, and teeth(!) match up with those of the dinosaurs in our Life Size Dinosaurs book, and learn a little about meat and plant eaters with small models of our prehistoric pals. Bring your camera for a photo-op with a baby T-rex. You’ll rooooar for more!
Trees, If You Please
There is more to trees than meets the eye! Learn about all those parts of a tree you don’t see, use a hand lens to take a closer look at leaves and find matches for the ones from the same tree, and make a model of a tree from real parts. Finish your day by “being” a seed as it goes from its hiding place in the soil to a tree with new seeds of its own. You will even find a treeful of books to read. Tree-rific!
Constructing Your Own Fun
Get right down on the floor and build something! Use our pieces to make your own structure, and make a roller coaster that will give a ball a looping thrill ride. Take the challenge to build the tallest tower – quickly, before it falls! And take home a picture of one of the world’s great bridges to color. Build a great day with us!
Up Up in the Air
It’s time for little pilots to take flight! You and your child will learn about how things move through the air by folding and flying amazing paper airplanes and helicopters, building a simple kite from paper and straws, making a straw glider, and testing our hover craft that can float on a layer of air. As they say, “The sky’s the limit”!
A Noisy Library
The library won’t be its usual quiet self today. You and your child will make a musical scale with water glasses, try to guess what’s inside that gives the shakers their sound, make vibrations ripple across a Dancing Water Bowl, use plastic Boomwackers to make up a song, and make and take a simple rhythm instrument. Great musicians have to start somewhere!
Butterflies can’t really do math, but your young mathematician can! You and your child will play the Butterfly Symmetry Game and decorate a coffee filter butterfly, practice grouping and counting with plastic butterflies, put on our kid-size wings and identify geometric shapes, and make pattern caterpillars. Bookworms aren’t the only insects that can have fun at the library!
Endangered Species: Wilmer the Whale
A whale in the children's section of the library?? Yes! You and your child will see a life-sized model of a juvenile right whale, learn about its life in the sea, and practice your measuring skills on him. Also search a book for hidden seas creatures, hide one in a camouflaged drawing, and make and take a whale that will fit in little hands. Ahoy, little oceanographers!
Attention librarians: enough inside, tabletop space is required to accommodate the 4' diameter and 20' long inflatable right whale, with roomaround tables for parents and children to walk.
Endangered Species: Ellie the Elephant
Did you see the baby elephant by the bookshelves?? No, that’s not the beginning of an elephant joke – attend this program and you and your child will meet Ellie, a life-sized inflatable baby elephant. You will also practice measurement skills, trace a hand to make a handprint elephant, turn a paper plate into an elephant’s face, assemble a pop-up book of elephant facts, and make a paper bag elephant puppet. Our books about elephants will give you and your little scientist the latest information about the endangered elephant. Join our science safari!
Attention librarians: enough floor space is required to accommodate the 6’ high and 8’ long elephant, with room for parents and children to walk around it.
Endangered Species: Perry the Panda
There’s a giant panda visiting the library today! Attend this program and you and your child will meet Perry, a life-sized inflatable giant panda, and learn about his struggle to survive. You will also measure and compare yourselves to the size of Perry’s body parts, make a panda mask and puppet to take home with you, and play a cool Panda Game. Our big book about pandas will give you and your little scientist the latest information about this wonderful but endangered creature. Animal science is fun!
Attention librarians: enough floor space is required to accommodate the 6’high panda model, with room for parents and children to walk around it.
Endangered Species: Kodi the Komodo Dragon
Lurking in the library is a Komodo dragon and he looks ready to attack! But no need to fear this largest of lizards – Kodi is a friendly fellow! Attend this program and you and your child will meet Kodi, a life-sized inflatable Komodo dragon, and learn about his shrinking habitat on the islands of Indonesia. You will also measure and compare your size to that of Kodi, color his picture and cut and paste a scene of him and his prey, do a hands-on activity to learn about his scaly skin, and assemble a giant floor puzzle of endangered species. Spend some time with a modern-day dragon!
Attention librarians: enough floor space is required to accommodate the 9’long Komodo dragon model, with room for parents and children to walk around it.
Magnet Tricks for Young Scientists
Calling all “attractive” youngsters with a “magnetic personality”! It’s time to come to the library to learn lots about magnets. You’ll start by seeing and hearing a read-aloud of our Magnets Big Book. Then use special object collections to discover which materials magnets attract, test various magnet shapes to see their magnetic fields, play with attracting and repelling poles of circular magnets, go “fishing” in the magnetic fish pond, and make and take a refrigerator magnet. This science will stick with you!
Around the Coral Reef
Bring your young undersea explorer to the library for a trip to a coral reef. You and your child will learn about forces, watching a giant Clown Fish“swim” in the air overhead, assemble a beautiful coral reef puzzle, use your imaginations to make a coral reef and its inhabitants from Shapescape building pieces, color some fish and other life from the coral reef, and make and take a coral reef scene as you learn about this fascinating ecosystem. No scuba gear required – just an inquisitive mind!
How Things Move
Give your young engineer some challenges in design and construction that make things move! You and your child will build a structure with moving gears, assemble and test a model vehicle, build and experiment with magnetic gears, and make and take your own climbing creature or tumble wing glider. Dust off your thinking caps – you’re going to need them!