Westlake Porter Public Library introduces Science Week

Tom Benson and Roger Storm of NASA will portray Wilbur and Orville Wright during the August 12 program.

Westlake Porter Public Library is adding something new to its summer offerings this year: its first annual Science Week, which will take place August 8-13. Sponsored by the Friends of Porter Public Library, Science Week is intended to emphasize the importance of science and technology in today’s economy while encouraging people of all ages to expand their knowledge of scientific concepts and ideas. Programs planned cover some of the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) objectives included in the Westlake City Schools’ curriculum.

Programs being offered during Science Week include:

Tuesday, August 9 (Grades K-2: 2-3 p.m.; Grades 3-5: 3-4 p.m.) Spectroscopy: Science of Light and Matter – Why does blue look blue? Why do some things glow in the dark? Join “Roy G. Biv” to learn the answers to these questions and more about light and matter.  Please register.

Tuesday, August 9 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – The August selection is "Remarkable Creatures" by Tracy Chevalier.

Wednesday, August 10 (2-4 p.m.) Solar Cooking – Build your own solar oven and learn how it works while your treats bake! For ages 9 and up. Please register starting August 1.

Wednesday, August 10 (3-4:30 p.m.) Solar Astronomy: Seeing the Sun – Telescopes, specially filtered for safety, will be set up allowing us to view sunspots (if any are present) and prominences: the amazing fountains of solar material stretching into space. Weather permitting.

Wednesday, August 10 (7-8 p.m.) Science or Fiction? – Join Hugo and Nebula Award-winning science fiction author Geoffrey Landis to learn more about the science of space flight in science fiction.

Thursday, August 11 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) Experiment Station – Drop in to try out a variety of exciting, hands-on science experiments. All supplies provided. For all ages.

Thursday, August 11 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – This month’s selection is "Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America" by Steven Johnson.

Friday, August 12 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) Take It Apart! – How do things work? Drop in and take a common household object apart to see how it works...then see if you can put it back together! Ages 9 and up.

Friday, August 12 (7 p.m.) Meet the Wright Brothers – Wilbur and Orville Wright, as portrayed by Tom Bensen and Roger Storm, will tell the story of the brothers and their history-changing invention. Family program. No registration.

Saturday, August 13 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders Club – Love those LEGO bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to the club! All bricks provided. Ages 6-13. Registration begins on August 6.

For more information about Science Week, please check the library’s website at www.westlakelibrary.org or call 440-871-2600.

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