Literary Elements: An Exploration of Science throughout June and July at Deschutes Public Library

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  5/23/2014

Deschutes Public Library celebrates “Literary Elements” in June and July as part of the Summer Reading Program. The Library offers science-themed programs for all ages throughout this summer, and adults are no exception. From the work of Nikola Tesla to the possibility of finding life on other planets, these programs offer the curious a chance to explore science and interact with the people who make science a part of their daily lives. Programs are free and open to all; some programs do require registration (those are noted below).

Arduino Workshop
Learn about Arduino and build your own open-source electronic platform. Class size is limited and registration is required.  Register online at one of the links below or by calling 541-312-1032.

Molecules in Motion
What exactly is water? Our friends from Bend Research help us understand Earth's most common yet unusual substance.

The Chemistry of Cooking
Chemical reactions between acidic and basic ingredients play an important role in the preparation of most of the food we eat. Investigate the fascinating reaction of baking soda with acid and apply those properties to make surprisingly easy fudge with local science teacher Christina Baxter. Class size is limited and registration is required.  Register online at one of the links below or by calling 541-312-1032.

Searching the Cosmos for Life
Could we find life in the universe—or even our solar system? Bob Grossfeld, manager of the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver, explores the places where we might find life and discusses the necessary ingredients for its survival.
Thursday, June 12* • 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Oregon Observatory at Sunriver | 57245 River Road, Sunriver
(*Includes time outdoors at the Observatory; bring warm clothing.)

Tuesday, July 15 • 6:30 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library

Rocket Man
Get to know real-life NASA astronaut Captain Richard Richards, who logged a total of 33 days, 21 hours, 32 minutes and 15 seconds in space. Hear about his adventures and learn about NASA.

Volcanoes in Central Oregon: The Next Eruption
What does this past volcanic activity tell us about the likelihood of future eruptions, and how could future activity affect our daily lives? Daniele McKay discusses the types of volcanic activity that are most likely to occur in central Oregon and how these eruptions might affect us.

For better or worse, we’re married to plastic. It’s in your refrigerator, your closet, your car—it’s everywhere, and it’s not going away. Learn more about polymers with our friends from Bend Research.

Second Sunday: Bonnie Henderson and The Next Tsunami
Writer and journalist Bonnie Henderson will discuss her work and tell the tale of how scientists came to understand the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and how ordinary people cope with the possibility of The Next Tsunami.
Sunday, July 13 • 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library

The Chimpanzee: Our Closest Living Relatives
Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives—we share 98.8 percent of their DNA—and new research continues to shed light on just how similar we are. Our friends from Chimps Inc. talk chimp biology and behavior.

Tesla and the Electric Age
Learn more about Nikola Tesla, a major influence in the electrical revolution, from our friends at Bend Research.

For more information about these or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Tina at 541-312-1034.

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