New, free tween science program debuts tomorrow

SUN columnist and the Library Staff

There is something fascinating about science, as Mark Twain once said. But the problem in the U.S. is that too many tweens are either frightened of science or not getting enough good leaders to inspire them to explore our physical world.

In fact, a recent study of 34 countries — both poor, undeveloped ones and the most wealthy like America — show that U.S. students ranked 17th in the world in science. Experts say our young people’s mediocre scores in study after study have a huge negative impact on our economy. Stanford University projects that if the U.S. boosts our average scores by 25 points over the next 20 years, there would be a gain of $41 trillion in the U.S. economy over the lifetime of a generation born in 2010.

Trina Rivera, of our library staff, wants to do her part to make science fun for our tweens to learn. She is organizing a new free, hands-on class called “Tween Science Madness” at the library on the first Friday of every month from 2-3:15 p.m. for tweens in the fourth to sixth grades The first session is tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 6) when the subject is the moon and stars.

A maximum of 12 tweens can attend each session. Pre-registration is required to be sure we have enough supplies for everyone.

New tween book club

Save the date of Friday, Sept. 13, for a new Tween Book Club being launched by Trina Rivera from 2-3:15 p.m. that will meet on the second Friday of every month. Registration is required. More details will be in next week’s Library News column.

Free tech programs

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.

Free teen programs

Every Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m. (note new day and time), we host Teen Gaming with X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.


“A Street Cat Named Bob” by James Bowen is the story of a street musician and a stray cat. “Shirley Jones: A Memoir” is a tell-all book by this Oscar winner and “Partridge Family” TV star.

Other nonfiction

“This Town” by Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, is the story of the people who hold power in Washington. “Telling Room” by Michael Paterniti is part mystery, part memoir, set in a picturesque village in Spain and featuring a Spanish cheesemaker.

Large print mysteries

“Little Green” by Walter Mosley is the latest in the Easy Rawlins mystery series. “Hunting Eve” is the latest in the Eve Duncan mystery series. “Hotshot” by Julie Garwood is a mystery about three sisters who have inherited a resort. “Death Angel” by Linda Fairstein is a murder mystery. “Dead, White, and Blue” by Carolyn Hart is the latest in the Death on Demand mystery series. “Light of the World” by James Lee Burke is the latest in the Dave Robicheaux series, this one set in Montana. “The Hen of the Baskervilles” by Donna Andrews is the latest in the Meg Langslow mystery series.

Other large print

“Please Don’t Tell” is a romantic suspense story by Elizabeth Adler. “A Spear of Summer Grass” is a romance by Deanna Raybourn. “The Highway” by C.J. Box is a western. “Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger” by Beth Harbison is a romance. “The Last Witness” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is the latest in the Badge of Honor series. “The White Princess” by Philippa Gregory is an historical fiction book about the life and wife of Henry Tudor.

Books on CD

“Tamarack County” by William Kent Krueger is the latest in the Cork O’Connor mystery series.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Virginia Bartlett, Rocky Brown, Julie Creech, Keith Jacobson, Jan Lewis and Nancy Miquelon.

Quotable Quote

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates, contemporary American novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet and professor.


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This story was posted on September 5, 2013.