Summer Science Sizzles for Kids @ The Orangeburg Library

BY BARRY WARNER

Brendan and Katherine have filled their jars halfway with vinegar, added food coloring, stirred in dish soap and added a teaspoon of baking soda to produce their erupting volcanoes.
Brendan and Katherine have filled their jars halfway with vinegar, added food coloring, stirred in dish soap and added a teaspoon of baking soda to produce their erupting volcanoes.

A lot of kids are participating in The Orangeburg Library’s free science-inspired summer reading program, “Fizz, Boom, Read.” The program is designed to keep youngsters occupied with fun things to do while school is out of session.

Daniel is sitting with ‘Orange Burt’, The Orangeburg Library’s new friend and mascot. ‘Orange Burt’ loves to travel and is planning to fill his notebook with photos and stories about his adventures with Orangeburg kids and their families.
Daniel is sitting with ‘Orange Burt’, The Orangeburg Library’s new friend and mascot. ‘Orange Burt’ loves to travel and is planning to fill his notebook with photos and stories about his adventures with Orangeburg kids and their families.

Children’s Librarian Angela Krajcar said, “During the summer, even with the longer days and less- structured schedules, learning happens all the time. While on break, children forget some of what they learned during the school year, making it important to balance fun with hands-on science activities that build confidence and enthusiasm.”

The summer science program encourages children to become junior scientists and embark on hands-on adventures that result in making a volcano or ‘wizard’s brew’. Volcanoes are openings in the earth’s surface. When they are active, they can let ash, gas and hot magma escape in spectacular eruptions. Developing curiosity makes kids lifelong learners about our environment and universe.

Library books about volcanoes include ‘Volcanoes: Earth’s Inner Fire’ by Sally Walker and ‘Inside Volcanoes’ by Melissa Stewart.

For further information about The Orangeburg Library programs call 845-359-2244.