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June Programs Feature Lessons in Science, Business Workshops and Area Celebrities

When the library was selected to house a NASA traveling exhibit, “Here. There. Everywhere.” in June, we decided to go all out with a series of related programs at the Library Center -- “Lessons in Physics for the Rest of Us.”

The exhibit features six panels that invite you to explore shadows, wind, electricity, atoms, waves and lensing – or bending of light. The project is supported by NASA under a grant, and was developed by the Chandra X-ray Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

And if this sounds like it’s getting a little too nerdy for words, the library will help explain how all those laws of physics apply to everyday life with the series of fun programs and hands-on activities June 10-26. Most are open to all ages. The Friends of the Library is sponsoring some sessions. See the full schedule in Bookends, or click on thelibrary.org/programs. You can also call 882-0714.

Two examples:

  • Ted Keller presents Weather Around the World, 7 p.m. June 10.
  • Science Nerd Night: Experimental Fun for the Whole Family! 6 p.m. June 26. Play and rediscover your inner nerd with hands-on activities. Our guides include staff from the Discovery Center, Missouri State University's College of Natural and Applied Science, 3M and City of Springfield Public Works Department.

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Registration is ongoing for a free workshop, “Simple Steps to Starting Your Business,” sponsored by SCORE and underwritten by Commerce Bank. It runs from 6-9 p.m. June 11, 18, 25; July 2 and 9 at the Library Center. Register by calling 882-0714.

The five, in-depth sessions address the steps necessary to start a business and determine if it can succeed. Business professionals lead the sessions, covering required licenses and permits to taxes, buying a franchise, home-based and online businesses, and more. Attendees will also be able to receive mentoring from a trained SCORE volunteer if they choose.
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Kids love celebrities, and we’ve got them this summer. Rep. Eric Burlison will kick off a series, Stories with Your Legislators, at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, in the Library Center Story Hour Room.

KY3 anchor Maria Neider kicks off the KY3 for Kids Storybreak series at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Fair Grove Elementary School. Watch for more in coming weeks.
 


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