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Sensation Stations

Tuesday June 6, 2017: 10:30am to 11:15am
Westgate Branch: West Side Room
Age 10 Months–2 Years

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Crafts

DNA Sequence Bracelets

Saturday July 8, 2017: 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
Grade 2-5

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Lectures & Panel Discussions

Ham Radio License Workshop and Exam

Saturday May 6, 2017: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room
Grade 9 - Adult

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Happy Birthday Samuel Ting!

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Today marks the 81st birthday of American physicist and Nobel laureate [w:Samuel C. C. Ting]. Born to [b:1222543|Chinese immigrant parents] right here in Ann Arbor, Ting earned degrees in both mathematics and physics from the University of Michigan.

He went on to win the [http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1976/|1976 Nobel Prize in Physics] for his work in the amazing field of subatomic particles. Ting then went on to propose and fight for the addition of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) to the [b:1215892|International Space Station] in 2011. The AMS-02 is used to observe and study [b:1173619|cosmic rays].

In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech Samuel Ting emphasized the importance of experimental work:
“I hope that awarding the Nobel Prize to me will awaken the interest of students from the developing nations so that they will realize the importance of experimental work.”

The AADL has some great books about science experiments you can do at home, to help you explore the world of science:

Check out: [b:1268942|Amazing Science Experiments] by E. Richard Churchhill, for more than sixty simple physics experiments that can safely be done with materials around the house.

Or: [b:1415707|The Usborne Big Book of Science Experiments], which provides instructions for simple experiments that introduce basic concepts in chemistry, biology, and other areas.

Our collection of [:sciencetools|Science Tools] will help curious minds explore the world around them!

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DIY Slime

Wednesday August 16, 2017: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Grade 1 - 12

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Electronics Lab: Paper Circuits

Friday April 14, 2017: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Grade 6 - Adult

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Electronics Lab: Learn to Solder

Friday March 10, 2017: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Grade 6 - Adult

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Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday April 8, 2017: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Westgate Branch: West Side Room
Grade 2 - 6

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From the Page to the Screen: Hidden Figures

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The new movie [http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/hidden-figures|Hidden Figures] is in theaters now, and is already generating positive reviews and a plethora of award nominations. This amazing true story, first published as [b:1496469| Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race] by Margot Lee Shetterly, chronicles the trials and tribulations of a group of extraordinarily talented and dedicated African American female mathematicians, whose calculations launched John Glenn into Earth's orbit and won the space race. These "human computers" used slide rules, pencils, and adding machines to perform the advanced mathematics needed to calculate trajectories, launch windows, and navigational charts in case of electrical failures, among others. These brave women faced adversity through sexism and segregation, but persevere through it all to become key players in evolution of NASA and space exploration. This amazing story is also available on [b:1499766| audiobook] and [b:1499982|Large Print].

Author Margot Lee Shetterly will be speaking at Rackham Auditorium on January 24th from 4-8:15 PM. More information is available [http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/cal/events/2017/january/iamnothidden|here].

Looking to learn more about the phenomenal women scientists that propelled us into space? Check out [b:1490344| Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars] (also available [b:1496442|here] in Large Print. Or learn more about the many women who have since traveled to outer space through items such as [b:1215047| Promised the Moon], [b:1335692| Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream], and [b:1348684| Astronaut Pam: Countdown to Commander] (an especially interesting nonfiction movie that follows Commander Pam Melroy and her crew aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery). We also have books about women inventors, such as [b:1262497| Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women].

Also check out our resources regarding two very famous pioneering female astronauts: Mae Jemison and Sally Ride. Books on Sally Ride for an adult audience include [b:1480733| this photobiography] and [b:1452149|Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space]. [b:1486458| To the Stars], [b:1460437| Sally Ride: Life on a Mission], and [b:1460762|Who Was Sally Ride?] are all intended for kids interested in learning more about Sally Ride. We also have many resources on Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel to space, such as [b:1468226| this biography], [b:1498844| You Should Meet Mae Jemison] or [b:1460746| Mae Jemison, Awesome Astronaut!]. You can even read books written by the astronaut herself, such as [b:1460718| The 100 Year Starship].

Just into space? We have lots for you to check out here at the library, such as [b:1468041| Eyewitness Space Exploration], or the [b:1315327| Astronaut Handbook]. [b:1261850| The Dream is Alive] is a fascinating DVD that uncovers life on a space station, and witnesses the first space walk performed by an American woman. We also have a [:node/347117|Library Space Camp] program for kids coming on Thursday, April 6th at the Downtown branch, where you can learn all about what makes a successful astronaut and complete cool space activities.

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Nature Walk at Argo Nature Area

Thursday September 28, 2017: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Nature Walk at Argo Nature Area
All Ages