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The Electifying Return of Squishy Circuits!

There is still time to sign up for The Electrifying Return of Squishy Circuits before this afternoon! Sign up on our online calendar to join in. We’ll be playing with play dough, experimenting with electricity, and having fun with science!
There is still plenty of space for new participants.
Tuesday, July 29th at 3:30
Ages 10-13
In the Library Arts Center!


Dollhouse Raffle

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Mythbusting at the Library!

Mythbusting @ the Library!
Monday, July 28th, 3:00 pm, in the Ballroom
Myth: An ordinary playing card can be used as a deadly weapon.
Which do you think, true or false? Will we bust this myth….. or, confirm it?
Come join our own Myth Busting team right here in the library!

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Are you ready for the annual Frozen T-shirt Challenge?

You’d better  be!

Calling all teens and children willing to pull a frozen t-shirt over your head:

Now is the time to shine!

Come to the Frozen T-Shirt Challenge and be the first participant to get your given t-shirt out of it’s bag and completely on. It won’t be easy. The t-shirt will be frozen solid. You can do anything you want to soften the shirt enough to put it on: bang it, bop it, pound it, sit on it, breath on it. The only rule is that you can’t hit somebody else with it.

The 1st place winner wins a gift certificate to Village Pizza!

Once we start, the contest goes quickly, so don’t be late. While we wait for the exact right moment, we’ll see if we can’t get a geyser of soda higher than we did at Explosive Reactions when we add Mentos to Diet Coke!

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Make Armpit Fudge!

Make Armpit Fudge at the library! July 22nd, 3:30 pm

Make Armpit Fudge  you can eat!

This Tuesday,  July 22nd  at 3:30pm

Children’s Room,  Richards Free Library

Come to the library to make fudge in a plastic bag, and cook it with your own body heat!

Don’t worry–the fudge will stay in the baggies, and when we’re done, it will taste like fudge and not like armpits!
All ages welcome. Littler hands may want some help measuring, so children under five please bring parental assistance.




The Great Science Derby of 2014

Lego car racing

We had a great time building and racing our LEGO creations! We had a very enthusiastic winner, a close second, and prizes were also awarded to some determinedly creative competitors! The derby can be officially declared a success.

But we had even more fun building and testing our vehicles. On top of that, we learned that we had to increase the weight of the cars to give them enough momentum to make it down the ramp. Plus, we found out that aerodynamic designs and a low center of gravity helped, too!

Since we had so much playing with our huge LEGO collection, we can’t wait for our monthly LEGO Group to start up again in September. We’ll keep you posted about all our LEGO events! IMG_2730

Lego Car Racing!

Today, Saturday July 19th!

Come build, come watch, come race, come cheer! Come to the library for the Great Science Derby of 2014!
Building starts at 11:00, and we’ll go outside to start racing our vehicles at 11:30.

All ages welcome, but parents, please remember that Legos are a choking hazard for children age 3 and younger.

Squishy Circuits

Do play dough and electricity have anything in common?  Turns out they do.

  • More Fizzy, Boomy, Science!
  • The circuits are squishy because they are made of play dough.
  • Salty play dough conduct electricity and sugary dough insulates it.
  • We learned that an electric circuit only works when it is a complete circle.
  • We learned that electricity is lazy, so it takes something called the path of least resistance.
  • We learned about open circuits, closed circuits, and short circuits.
  • Lots of fun experiments happened and we were impressed by the creativity!
  • We think we might just have to do it all over again! We’ll keep you posted!


Edible Experiments


  • Mmm candy!
  • The floating M!
  • The great color escape!
  • Soap is so pushy!
  • Lava “lamps”!
  • Dancing raisins!
  • Science is all around us, even in the kitchen! Check out these books for more edible experiments:
  1. Incredible Edible Science by Tina L. Seelig
  2. Big Book of Science Experiments powered by Mad Science
  3. Alien in my Pocket: Blast Off! by Nate Ball


Summer Reading Program Kickoff – Mad Science Spin, Bop and Boom Show


To kick off the Summer Reading Program, we had a Spin, Pop & Boom science demonstration by Jet Stream Jocelyn from Mad Science of New Hampshire.   Lots of summer readers were selected as volunteers and assisted in making loud, bright, and smelly science experiments. We all learned some things. But mostly we learned that…science can be Fun! And stinky.