Monday, 23 July 2012

Science Tour Set To Explode Across Our Libraries


Bugs, the might of magnets and the science behind colour are just three of the things which visitors to the county's libraries can enjoy during August, September and October.

Cambridgeshire Libraries is working in partnership with The Cambridge Science Centre to promote a series of free hands-on exhibitions by hosting Science Lab, a number of interactive exhibits at eleven of the counties libraries.

The exhibits provide a fun way of understanding scientific principles, bringing a variety of topics to life including light and colour, insect biology (using an interactive microscope), electricity and magnetism.

The exhibitions will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, presided over by the Mayor of Cambridge, at Cambridge Central Library, 2pm on Saturday July 28.

The exhibitions will then tour the county for three months. There will also be a range of free science shows and workshops to compliment the exhibits, provided by the Cambridge Science Centre. Details of where the exhibits can be found and the programme of science shows and workshops can be found at www.cambridgesciencecentre.org/events.

Councillor David Harty, Cabinet Member for Libraries at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "The importance of science in our lives is demonstrated by how much we take it for granted. We live and work on a planet which relies on technology - it could be argued that modern societies are literally built on the work of scientists. This is why the opportunity to bring the Science Lab into Cambridgeshire's Libraries is such a fantastic chance to learn about the world around us. I can't wait to see the exhibition for myself and hope lots of people take the opportunity to visit the Lab."

As part of the summer of science, Cambridgeshire Libraries would also like to invite children to take part in this year's Story Lab Summer Reading Challenge: Story Lab.

Story Lab, the brainchild of Professor Cortex, is a challenge to help the Story Lab children recover three lost items using a five-sided hi-tech HQ. There are three items to recover to complete the challenge; a bronze coin, a silver mirror and a gold medal.

For more information on the Challenge, Story Lab fun and activities, go to www.story-lab.org.uk or visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/children to find out how to sign up.