On Tuesday of Week three we had the Science Center of Iowa come to talk about geology, and other cool stuff and when I say cool, I mean cool. He had a volcano with liquid nitrogen in it that steamed and smoked. Liquid nitrogen is minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit. For our activity, I had mixed a combination of dirt, sand, salt, flour and water together to form "Treasure Stones". The stones were then dried for several days. The kids were paleontologists and used small picks and brushes to discover small plastic dinosaurs inside. We had snacks and gave out some great prizes. On Thursday of Week three, Kristin Simon from East Central Iowa Council of Governments: Solid Waste division came to teach the little ones about worms and the job they do. She read the book Earl the Earthworm and donated a copy of Compost Soup: to the library. We will be awarding it as a prize since the library already owns a copy. The kids had treasure stones for their activity, played Ring the Gnome and had Tootsie Rolls and Twizzlers for a treat.
On Tuesday of Week four the topic was Cave Art. I read the book "The Secret Cave" about the prehistoric cave, Lascaux, found in France in the 1940's. Scientists believe the art in the cave to be over 17,000 years old. We used our laptop and projector to access a website to view pictures of the cave art at Lascaux, and we also viewed Rock Art done here in North America long before the formation of the nation of the United States. We had two great guests. Jaden St. John brought some sliced stones and Katelyn Kucera brought her pictures and talked about her time last summer when she got to help at the Mammoth dig, being done right here in Iowa. Wow. The kids all made their own cave art on brown sack paper which is all displayed in our cave we built in the children's library for the summer. After our craft was finished we went outside and had live worm races, made sidewalk art, bubbles, got tattoos and ate ice pops. On Thursday of Week four we read parts of the books The Secret Cave and Mammoths and Mastodons . We did all the same fun activities that the big kids did. Stop by the library and visit our cave, full of the children's cave art.
The last program for the summer will be Tuesday August 6th at 1:30pm, for all the children signed up for summer reading. We will discover who our big winners will be and everyone will receive certificates for great stuff from Subway, Kwik Star, Hardees and the Blank Park Zoo. We still have many terrific prizes to give, so kids, make sure you attend to get in on the drawings. Remember the last day to turn in reading logs is Wednesday July 31st.