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Summer Learning Track: Fun with Science!

If experimenting, questioning, building, and tinkering are your child's cup of tea, think about planning a "Fun with Science" Learning Track this summer. Sign up for the Richland Library Friends' Summer Learning Challenge, and then check out some of the books, DVDs, and cool programs we have to offer. Get started by using this sample Learning Track, or develop your own.

LEGO Madness
Create robots, cities, creatures and more with LEGO building blocks.
 
3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Mondays, June 1 – 29 & July 6 - 27 & August 10 -- Northeast
3:30 p.m., Thursdays, June 4 and 11 & 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 22 and 29 -- Main
3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, May 27 and June 17 & Tuesday, July 14 & Wednesday, August 19 -- Cooper 
3 – 4 p.m., Thursday, June 18 & Monday, July 20 & Wednesday, August 5 -- Blythewood 
3 p.m., Mondays, June 29 & July 13 & August 3 -- Sandhills 
6 p.m., Thursdays, May 28, June 25, July 30 and August 27 -- St. Andrews
3 p.m., Wednesday, June 17 -- Wheatley
3 p.m., Saturday, August 1 -- Eastover
 
Maker Monday
Come make something totally awesome to take home.
3 p.m., Mondays, June 15, July 27 and August 10  -- Sandhills
 
Learn Freely Fest
An exciting day of learning for the whole family. Choose from more than a dozen fun and informative sessions – make crafts, play games, get active, explore library resources, and pick up some good-to-know life skills.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, July 18 -- Main
 
Mad Scientists! for ages 9-12*
Hands-on chemistry fun with chemist Wil Butler. Sponsored by Oakwood Products, Inc. Please register.
3:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 23 -- Cooper
 
Sciencetellers for families
A combination of science and storytelling result in an epic, laughter-filled journey that proves “super” heroes really do exist.
10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 11 -- Eastover
3 p.m., Thursday, June 11 -- Wheatley
 
Family Gardening for families
Join us as we grow our garden at Sandhills. Come ready to listen to a story inside the library and then visit our new garden to get your hands dirty.
9:15 a.m., Fridays, June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, August 7 and 21 -- Sandhills
 
The Great Egg Drop Experiment for ages 6-12
Can you build a contraption that will keep an egg from breaking as we put them through a variety of crazy tests?                                                                                                                                                                               
3 p.m., Monday, August 3 -- Eastover
 
 
 

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