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The Children’s Department invites children of all ages through those entering sixth grade to experience "Fizz, Boom, READ!" by joining the Summer Reading Program and exploring the fascinating world of science! Visit our Summer Reading Club pages for more information.

 

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Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science
by Claire Eamer ISBN: 9781554515363

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Eight fascinating tales of scientists and inventors ahead of their time.

Earth revolves around the sun. Washing hands helps stop the spread of disease. Poisons in the environment affect the entire ecosystem. Today these ideas are common knowledge, but at one time they were all rejected. In this thought-provoking book, find out what happened when people weren't ready to listen to innovators who came up with revolutionary ideas.

Alfred Wegener struggled to convince geologists that the ground beneath our feet is moving "Mad scientist" Nikola Tesla's futuristic ideas about electricity were dismissed Charles Darwin delayed publishing his controversial theory of evolution for decades Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace nearly invented the first computer in the 1800s Copernicus proposed a sun-centered model of the universe Ignaz Semmelweis tried in vain to persuade doctors to use disinfection methods Aviation pioneer George Cayley's ideas were decades ahead of the technology that would make them work Rachel Carson sounded the first alarm about the effects of pesticides on wildlife.

Nowadays, we think of these scientists as heroes, but they all endured great personal hardships for daring to think differently.

 

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Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself
by Bob Pflugfelder  ISBN: 9781594746482

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Nick and Tesla are bright 11-year-old siblings with a knack for science, electronics, and getting into trouble. When their parents mysteriously vanish, they're sent to live with their Uncle Newt, a brilliant inventor who engineers top-secret gadgets for a classified government agency. It's not long before Nick and Tesla are embarking on adventures of their own--engineering all kinds of outrageous MacGyverish contraptions to save their skin: 9-volt burglar alarms, electromagnets, mobile tracking devices, and more. Readers are invited to join in the fun as each story contains instructions and blueprints for five different projects.

 

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Weird Science Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone
by Felicia Lowenstein Niven ISBN: 9780766035430

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Jokes, limericks, knock-knock jokes, tongue twisters, and fun facts about animals, plants, weather, outer space, recycling, and more, including how to create your own funny board game.

 

 

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Bathtub Science
by Shar Levine  ISBN: 9780806971858

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Children ages 6-8 will agree that the tub is a cool "laboratory" for carrying out experiments that are gallons of fun. Every page bursts with brilliant drawings, and loads of photographs display the entire process and capture delighted-looking kids carrying out the experiments.