Archive for the ‘Cornerstones of Science’ Category

Build with Moss Robotics in July

Monday, July 7th, 2014

zombonitronHands-on robot building workshop with the library’s new MOSS Robotics System.

There are two sessions: July 17 and July 31 at 2PM; please choose one. Registration is required.
Registration for the July 17 program begins July 7.
Registration for the July 31 program begins July 21.

There is a limit of 5 teens entering grades 6 – 12. To register, call 725-5242 x225 or email teenzone@curtislibrary.com to sign up or for more information.

Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Cornerstones of Science July Display

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Amazing Asimov and Fabulous (and funny) Feynman

COS booksIsaac Asimov (1920 – 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and popular science books.

He is widely considered a master of “hard science fiction” along with Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A Heinlein. His most famous work is the Foundation Series. As a science writer, he excelled in explaining scientific concepts in an historical way and his books are still worth reading today.

He is considered to be the most prolific writer of his time, having written or edited 500 books. In addition to his books on science, Asimov has written on a variety of other topics, such as Shakespeare and the bible. In fact, his books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal system.

  • Asimov’s Chronology of Science and Discovery
  • Foundation Series
  • I, Robot
  • Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare
  • Asimov Laughs Again: More than 700 Favorite Jokes, Limericks, and Anecdotes

Richard Feynman

Richard P. Feynman (1918 – 1988) was an American physicist and Nobel Prize winner who left his mark on virtually every area of modern physics. According to his biographer, James Gleick, Feynman ceaselessly questioned scientific truths – originality was his obsession. He worked on the atomic bomb as a young scientist during World War II, and went on to teach at CalTech.

He popularized physics through his books and lectures. Feynman has been called the “Great Explainer,” as he gained a reputation for taking great care when giving explanations to students at Caltech. He was known to be something of a gleeful showman.

Throughout his life, he exhibited a strong tendency toward curiosity and adventure. Those adventures are recounted in the book “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” a collection of amusing anecdotes and outrageous exploits.

Notable books by Feynman:

  • Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher
  • The Meaning of it all: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Notable books about Feynman:

  • Feynman graphic novel by Ottaviani
  • Genius: the Life and Science of Richard Feyman by james Gleick

Wind Over Wings: Bird Brains

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Zachariah RavenMeet a red tailed hawk, a golden eagle, and the star this program, Zachariah, the raven! Learn about avian intelligence, adaptability and play. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science. For ages 5-13. Space is limited; please register beginning June 11.

Suggested ages: 5 to 13.
Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Wednesday, June 25, 10:30AM. Call to register. For the comfort of the animals, space is limited.

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225; kids@curtislibrary.com

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Animal Adaptations: Survival in the Wild

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

webbed-toes-duck-16472000Webbed feet, camouflaged fur, or spines on your back are all amazing ways that animals use adaptations to survive in the wild everyday. Come see firsthand how three live non-releasable animals have adaptations that help them thrive in their specific habitats.

Suggested ages: 4 to 11. Presented by Chewonki. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Wednesday, April 23, 10:30AM and 12:30PM (Choose a session). Call to register. For the comfort of the animals, space is limited.

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225; kids@curtislibrary.com

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

NestWatch

Monday, March 10th, 2014

[Photo by pleasantpointinn]What is it? A collaboration of birdwatchers gathering data on the current condition of breeding birds, such as when they nest, how many eggs are laid, and how many young survive. Common backyard birds such as finches, robins, and chickadees are among the focal species. Information gathered from around the country helps scientists understand how changing land-use and climate effects bird populations.

Who sponsors it? Cornell Lab of Ornithology

What do volunteers do? Locate and observe a bird nest. Using a checklist, post observations online. Lots of resources are available at the website to assist in learning about the birds and their nesting habits.

Time commitment: Short online training and 8-10 visits to the nest(s) during a nesting cycle (a visit about every 3-4 days). Most nest cycles happen between April and August.

Kid friendly? Not ideally suited to children. Due to the vulnerability of nesting birds, this opportunity is children must always be supervised by an adult at nesting sites.

Time of year? Spring and summer

Website: http://nestwatch.org/

Photo credit: Pleasant Point Inn

Drop-In Event: Seed Exchange & Ask A Master Gardener

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

seed-swap_WEBOn Saturday, March 1st, come to the Library's Morrell Meeting Room any time between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and join Master Gardener Linton Studdiford and other community members for the Drop-In Event: Seed Exchange & Ask A Master Gardener.

Pick-up, exchange or donate seeds for vegetables, flowers and herbs.

Not necessary to have seeds to exchange in order to attend.

Master Gardener, Linton Studdiford will also share information for gardeners who have large gardens or an extra row. He encourages these fortunate gardeners to explore the Harvest for Hunger initiative on the Cooperative Extension website:http://www.umaine.edu/harvest-for-hunger/

Free, no registration.

Date & Time: Saturday, March 1st, any time between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: 725-5242 x 510.

Sponsors: Community Health Information Partnership, Cornerstones of Science, Curtis Library and UMaine Cooperative Extension.

Snow Date: Sunday, March 2 from noon to 2 p.m.

There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry.
– Ed Asner

Mad Science: Up, Up and Away!

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

madscienceYou think homework is pressure? Just wait until you learn how the weight of the earth’s atmosphere pushes down on you with the force of an elephant! Explore how Bernoulli’s principle creates enough lift to make a jumbo jet fly or how air pressure can be used to launch a hot air balloon. Watch in amazement as our vortex generator creates giant smoke rings. Want even more pressure? Take a ride on our amazing Mad Science Hovercraft! Mad Science shows are fun and educational and this program will leave you flying high! Suggested ages: 5 to 11.  Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Tuesday, February 18 at 10:30AM. Register beginning 2/3.

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242 x225; kids@curtislibrary.com

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

[Photo by Chiot's Run]What is it? Volunteer weather monitoring program across the United States. Provides real-time precipitation data which can be used to predict flash flooding, show trends, and help the public better understand weather and climate.  Information is used by the National Weather services, insurance adjusters, teachers and students.

Who sponsors it? A collaborative including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service, National Science Foundation, and Maine Department of Marine Resources.

What do volunteers do? Take daily measurements of precipitation in your backyard. Report observations online.

Time commitment:  Asks for a commitment of one season, but longer is preferred. About 5 minutes per day. (Vacations allowed)

Kid friendly?      Yes

Time of year?    Any

Website: http://www.cocorahs.org/state.aspx?state=me

Photo credit: Chiot's Run

Marble Run Roller Coasters – Saturday December 28, 10:30 AM

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

IMG_0003Feeling loopy? Team up with family and friends to build marble roller coasters.

A great opportunity for children, grandparents, siblings, parents, etc. to build together.

Use paper towel tubes, funnels, clothespins, straws, and other materials to send a marble rolling.

Suggested ages 6 through adult. Sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Date & Time: Saturday, December 28, 10:30 AM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Youth Services 725-5242, x225

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
—Carl Sagan

Top Science Books Picks for 2013

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

this-explains-everythingAt NPR, Ira Flatow interviewed Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist and author of The Poisoner's Handbook: murder and the birth of forensic medicine in Jazz Age New York and Brainpickings.org editor Maria Popov and asked them to share their top science, technology, and environmental books of 2013

For the transcript of their conversation, visit http://www.npr.org/2013/12/13/250730974/science-book-picks-for-2013

Maria Popova was one of the interviewees on NPR about her selection. The link to her beautifully annotated selection of the 13 Best Science and Technology Books 2013 is http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/12/10/best-science-technology-books-2013/

Science Librarian, John Dupois from York University in Toronto annually posts lists of the best "sciencey books" from sources such as The Economist, Science Friday, New Scientist and more. To see his lists, visit his blog Confessions of A Science Librarian at http://scienceblogs.com/confessions/

Midcoast Hunger Prevention Film & Discussion, Monday, November 18 at 7pm

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

A-Place-at-the-Table-posterMCHPP, Cornerstones of Science and Brunswick Topsham Land Trust present the film “A Place at the Table” followed by a discussion session, featuring Karen Parker, Executive Director of Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program and Meredith Sciacca, teacher from Coffin Elementary School.

“A Place at the Table” is a well-reported documentary that raises important questions about the state of hunger in American culture.

The film, narrated by Jeff Bridges, tells the powerful stories of three Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat

Date & Time: Monday, November 18th at 7pm

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: 725-5242 x510 | loliver@curtislibrary.com

Presentation: “What’s Eating Maine? What Does Maine Eat?” – Monday, November 4, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Dr. Mark Lapping

Dr. Mark Lapping


Dr. Mark Lapping, a distinguished Professor from the Muskie School of Public Service will speak about the state of Maine’s food supply and its effect on food insecurity and its potential impact on land use planning.

According to the Muskie School of Public service, Dr. Lapping "is currently working with a team of colleagues to develop a food plan for the state of Maine as part of a phased, multi-year grant from a collaboration of funders. This initiative aims to build a strong, abundant, and resilient food system strategy to enhance value-added production, processing, and distribution of Maine food throughout the state."

Free, no registration.

Date & Time: Monday, November 4th, 6:30 pm

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

FMI: ref desk 725-5242 x 510 | loliver@curtislibrary.com

Cosponsors

  • Brunswick Topsham Land Trust
  • Cornerstones of Science
  • Curtis Memorial Library
  • Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program

COS Fall Science Read and Archaeological Artifacts Examinations- Weds, 10/30, Noon

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Dr. Bruce Bourque

Dr. Bruce Bourque

UPDATE: If you have any Archaeological artifacts that you would like Dr. Bourque to look at before the Noon Fall Science Read, please bring them to the Library's Morrell Meeting room at 11:30 AM.

The Cornerstone of Science Fall Science Read concludes with a return visit by Dr. Bruce Bourque, author of the featured book, "The Swordfish Hunters: the History and Ecology of An Ancient American Sea People."

For More Information, contact the Reference Desk 725-5242 x 510 or refdesk@curtislibrary.com

Time & Date: Wednesday, October 30th, 12:00 PM (11:30 AM for Archaeological artifacts examinations).

Location: The Library's Morrell Meeting Room

About the Author

Bruce Borque teaches anthropology at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and is curator of archaeology at the Maine State Museum. He grew up in Massachusetts but spent boyhood summers in Maine, where he heard stories of the Red Paint People. Educated at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Harvard University, he matriculated in engineering school, but found his attention drawn to thoughts of the past. Eventually, he found his way to archaeology and hasn’t looked back. He lives in Freeport, Maine.

COS Fall Science Read – Wednesday, October 23, Noon

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Professor Mike Retelle

Professor Mike Retelle

Join us for the third presentation of the Cornerstones of Science Fall Science Read featuring Professor Mike Retelle of the Bates College Geology Department.

Subject: "The Swordfish Hunters: The History and Ecology of an Ancient American Sea People" by Bruce Bourque.

Copies of the book are available to check out at the library.

This free program is open to the public and does not require registration.

Time & Date: Wednesday, October 23rd, 12:00 Noon

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the reference desk 725-5242 x 510 | refdesk@curtislibrary.com

book cover

The Swordfish Hunters were a remarkable culture living on the coast of Maine between 4500 and 3800 years ago. They appeared, briefly flourished, and then vanished without explanation…

COS Fall Science Read – Tuesday, October 15, Noon

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Swordfish Hunters - book coverBeverly Johnson, a geochemist from the Geology Department at Bates College will speak at noon during the second program of the Fall Science Read of The swordfish hunters : the history and ecology of an ancient American sea people by Bruce Bourque.

Copies of the book are available to check out at the library.

This free program is open to the public and does not require registration.

Time & Date: Tuesday, October 15th, 12:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the reference desk 725-5242 x 510 | refdesk@curtislibrary.com

“Bruce Bourque’s The Swordfish Hunters captivated me as no recent book has. I could not put it down. Thousands of years ago, Maine’s Red Paint people were among the first maritime culture in the Americas. They could have subsisted on easily caught cod, but they chose to capture dangerous and elusive swordfish. Bourque explains beautifully the prehistory of these people, the evolution of archaeological thinking about them, and the myriad new scientific threads that shed new light on this old culture. Anyone with even a passing interest in New England’s deep maritime roots must read this book.”
—Robert Steneck, Professor of Marine Sciences, University of Maine