The library is proud to be a site for the state-wide North Carolina Science Festival. Be sure to come visit when we’re doing these sciency activities, but also check the link above for even more learning opportunities in our area.
- Star Party
April 12, 2019
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This year’s Star Party theme is “The Moon and Beyond” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first humans to walk on the moon. Hosts will lead moon observing and hands-on activities from the Star Party kit to help visitors explore all things lunar.
We'll have archival footage of the moon landing, a NASA Ambassador to spark your curiosity, skywatching (some binoculars and telescopes provided but feel free to bring your own) and also art activities, such as Moon Haiku. At 7:00, acclaimed storyteller Milbre Burch will have sky lore stories.
If the clouds happen to part, the moon will be visible in the sky, even before the sun sets.
All ages are welcome at any time, though from 5:00-6:00 we're going to have activities geared toward kids under 10. At 8:00, all activities will move outside.
The NC Science Festival’s annual Statewide Star Party is made possible through the generous support of the NC Space Grant.
- The World at the Nano-scale
April 13, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- Get a crash course on nanotechnology using a portable scanning electron microscope (SEM) and light microscopes to examine bugs, flowers, and other materials up close. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples to view. Other hands-on activities will help visitors relate to nanoscale phenomena and get an idea of techniques used to make things on this size scale. Join us to make nano ice cream, try on a clean room suit, design a photomask and more!
Join the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network for this family friendly event. Activities are geared to ages 5 and up. (Note: little kids may not be able to do some of the activities because of their size. The nano ice cream is for everyone and scheduled from 1:00-2:00, first come, first served.
April 20, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
- iNaturalist is an app that teaches average folks how to be Citizen Scientists and provides them with data collections skills. It gets you outside, looking at nature in all of its glorious forms.
Come to this session and we'll show you how to best use the app, which can be useful to satisfy your curiosity, and to help with programs here at the library, like the Bug Bioblitz on April 24.
Chris Goforth from the NC Museum of Natural Science will lead the program.
- Bug Bioblitz
April 27, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- We've teamed up with the North Carolina Entomological Society to host a Bug Bioblitz in Pritchard Park. We will start with an overview of how iNaturalist works and a brief instruction period before we head into the park.
We hope to document as many insects, spiders and other arthropods as possible using pitfall traps, cover boards, and beat sheets. Bring your phone or camera to help take photos of live insects. All insects will be returned to the wild after their photo session. After the hike we will upload our photos to iNaturalist where they will be shared with scientists and naturalists. Please wear sturdy, closed toe shoes for hiking the trails.
The first 25 people to sign up will get free swag like an Explore More water bottle or pocket notebook!.
Please register here.