Eureka! Science Literacy Week is coming to the Grimsby Public Library

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The Grimsby Public Library is excited to announce we will be hosting a several fun and educational events for Science Literacy Week happening across Canada from September 17 – 24. Since learning about different scientific disciplines is such as essential part of understanding life on this planet (and universe beyond), and one of our main objectives here at the Library is to foster discovery and learning about the world around us, we couldn’t think of a better program to participate in!

Science Literacy Week was founded by Jesse Hildebrand, a science enthusiast with a background in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Jesse’s goal is to showcase the excellence and diversity of Canadian Scientists and science communicators from coast to coast. The Grimsby Library is proud to be supporting his initiative and spreading the word about the wonders of science to our community.

We have several science-centric events and programs for people of all ages that will get your brains working and your jaws dropping with wonder! Check out all the fun stuff going on below:

 

Lucas Penny

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
11 AM | FREE | FIREPLACE LOUNGE
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Kicking off Science Literacy Week is Lucas Penny, a youth innovator attending Grimsby Secondary School who is passionate about science, technology, engineering, and entrepreneurship. Having been involved in research from a young age, he has worked in various university labs identifying genes that are involved in disease onset. His latest endeavours include creating a simple saliva test for breast cancer. For his work, Lucas received the Canadian Manning Innovation Award and won gold at the Canada-Wide Science and Engineering Fair. He is now working to develop paper-based testing as an inexpensive approach for screening diseases. Lucas has been actively exploring science and is always looking to inspire others to pursue STEM opportunities. Lucas believes that working together to solve global issues is how we can nurture and hone innovation for years to come.

 

 

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
2 PM | FREE | AGES 5 + | STUDIO
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The Scientists in School program is bringing a love of science and a hands-on adventure to the Grimsby Public Library. Activities will include the exploration of animal skulls, electrical circuits, bugs, and solar power. This makes learning science fun  for kids and will give them a sense of wonder about how the world works.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
7 PM | FREE | FIREPLACE LOUNGE
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Neha Gulati is a grade 12 student who is extremely passionate about the environment and climate change. In order to learn more about environmental issues and work toward solving them, Neha has travelled to the high Canadian Arctic, Greenland, and Norway. An advocate for environmental change, Neha believes the solution to these problems begins with education and has given many presentations regarding climate challenges. Neha has also conducted research analyzing the effects of environmental toxins on brain development and is currently working with other young entrepreneurs to develop a sustainable method to produce electricity and drinkable water from natural resources. Stop by the Grimsby Library to learn about her work and what you can do to help save the planet!

 

 

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
6:30 – 7:15 PM | FREE | STORY TIME ROOM
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Your little ones can celebrate Science Literacy Week too with this FREE story time at the Library. There will be lots of stories and non-fiction books all about the wonders of science, so they can develop an interest early on. Check out our other Family Story Times here.

 

Register for fall Story Times at the Grimsby Library September 6

 

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As summer reading programs draw to a close, we’re deep into ‘back-to-school’ mode here at the Grimsby Public Library. To prepare your little ones ages 0 – 5 for the day when they climb aboard that big yellow school bus, we have some great early literacy programming to help boost reading skills, foster language learning, and develop a regular school-like schedule.

There are 3 semesters throughout the ‘school year’ (fall, winter, and spring) which you sign your child up for separately. Registration for the fall 2016 session begins on Tuesday, September 6. Please visit our website here to print out the registration form. Fill out it & bring it with you for a faster, easier sign up🙂

We have 4 different types of programs which are each catered to a different age group. Please check out the schedule and program descriptions below:

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Ages 0 – 12 months
$15/per child

Newborns up to 12 months old will enjoy stories, songs, & finger games to stimulate vision & hearing development. Babies attend with a parent or guardian.

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Ages 1 – 2 years
$17/per child

Develop early literacy skills in your little ones using stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Children attend with a parent or guardian.

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Ages 2 – 3 years
$22/per child

Share stories, rhymes, songs, felt board activities, and a thematic craft in this fun & interactive program.

 

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Ages 3+
$22/per child

Children 3+ will have fun & learn essential skills to prepare them for their future at school. Stories, songs, and crafts make learning a breeze! As part of the transition into the classroom, children will attend without a parent or guardian, and will  learn all about the calendar.

Anna Olson to visit Library as part of the Grimsby Author Series

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We are so excited to announce that Anna Olson, local Niagara chef and world-renowned baking sweetheart, is coming to the Grimsby Public Library for a special Grimsby Author Series event on Friday, December 9!

Anna will be discussing her brand new cookbook Bake with Anna Olson which is to be released in September 2016. This exciting new volume features more than 125 recipes from her popular Food Network Canada show, and “will take your baking from simple to sensational with her comprehensive guide to beautiful baked goods”.

Tickets for this deliciously exciting event will go on sale Tuesday, September 6 for $15.00/each. You can also purchase tickets online starting on that date via EventBrite by clicking here.

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Intrigued? Check out the rest of the regular 2016-17 season of the Grimsby Author Series here. We have a ton of critically acclaimed and award winning authors coming to town this year so don’t miss out!

Wrap up: IncrediBrent Comedy & Magic

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We laughed… we cried… we were amazed! IncrediBrent the magician was at the Grimsby Public Library yesterday, and boy, did he put on a show. The audience was treated to a fantastic display of comedy and magic that had us totally blown away with eye popping feats, playful tricks, and a good dose of the giggles!

We’d like to thank IncrediBrent for entertaining the audience, young and old alike, and for spreading the word about the magic of books through Summer Reading Clubs. We hope to see you back again one day soon for another performance🙂

Check out pictures from the event below:

 

 

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We’d like to thank Grimsby Ford for sponsoring this magical event. We couldn’t have pulled this rabbit out of our hat without you❤

 

Wild Wednesdays: Green Screen Fun photo shoots all August long!

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Introducing Wild Wednesdays: Green Screen Fun at the Grimsby Public Library! Every Wednesday until the end of August we’re inviting kids and grown-ups of all ages to come down to the Library from 1 – 4 pm to get their picture taken in all kinds of wacky and wild locations. We’ll be using our very own green screen technology to super-impose you anywhere from deep under the sea to a galaxy far, far away to any crazy place to choose.

Wild Wednesdays are in support of our Summer Reading Clubs which are continuing until August 27, so make sure you bring a couple of recent reads on your wild adventure to the Library so you can enter our raffles and win tons of cool prizes.

But wait, green screen fun isn’t limited to just Wednesdays. We have our green screen up in the children’s area of the Library all year round so you can use it any time we’re open D.I.Y. style! Just ask at the front desk for help getting set up, to check out a camera, and/or a quick lesson on how to use the software on our fabulous iMac Desktop computer. Once you get the hang of it, you can play around with it anytime you visit us. Cool eh?!

For more information about the green screen and all of our Media Lab technology, click here. – Can’t wait to see you here!

 

 

Mid-Summer Reading Club Update from Grimsby Library

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Talk about tons of fun at the Grimsby Library! All summer long kids of all ages have had a blast reading lots of books, winning FANTASTIC prizes, and participating in all kinds of activities that have kept their brains growing and their creative juices flowing. The Puppet Theatre, Mystery Box, GIANT colouring pages, and Magformers has provided hands-on discovery and puzzle-solving, while our raffles and quizzes have challenged young minds to delve deeper into the books they’ve been reading and discover all the cool (but educational) ‘Just for Kids‘ online resources available on the Library website year-round.

And do you know what the best part is? We still have almost a whole month more of awesomely amazing Summer Reading Club fun! We’re even introducing a regular weekly green screen session in August called “Wild Wednesdays” where kids and grown-ups of all ages can come take pictures of themselves in all kinds of wild and wacky locations. (Stay tuned for more details about that!)

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Check out some of the photos we’ve been taking of the Summer Reading Club participants and prize winners below. There is so much fun to be had, so make sure you squeeze every last drop of summer vacation you’ve got here at the Grimsby Library!

 

 

Tickets to the 2016-17 Grimsby Author Series go on sale August 11 + NEW online purchasing!

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Is it that time already? The first evening of the Grimsby Author Series is less than 2 months away, and we’re so excited about the many talented authors we’ve lined up for the 2016-17 season (our 15th year!). It’ll be one to remember, so make sure you’re a part of it! Ticket packages will go on sale starting Thursday, August 11 at 9 AM.

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Once again, we will be offering full season ticket packages ($120.00) & half season packages ($60.00) for your convenience, and will be selling single tickets to each event if there are remaining tickets left leading up to the dates. To find out more about ticket purchasing go here.

 

Introducing… Online Ticket Purchasing!

New this season, we’re offering the chance to purchase your Grimsby Author Series tickets online. This is the perfect option if you can’t make it into the Library on August 11, but want to ensure you get tickets to this amazing season.

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There will be 50 full-season ticket packages available for purchase through Eventbrite starting the same day and time regular tickets go on sale. Half-season will not be available and standard processing charges will apply. If you buy your tickets online, please print and bring them with you to each event.