"The purpose of the programs is to encourage kids to have something fun and productive to do on their inservice day from school," says South Shore Libraries communications coordinator Teresa Workman. "And of course encourage them to come to the library as well. We do have a lot of books and other services that maybe they don't realize."
Science savvy students may be out of school for the day Friday, Sept. 30, but they still have a chance for a fun learning experience from 2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
"We've never had them here before, but I've seen them at a library and Halifax," says Workman. "They provide really fun and interesting science workshops for kids."
The normally simple program room in the Thomas Raddall Library will be transformed into a light show by the Lab Lovers from Mad Science. Mad Science is an organization that provides educational science enrichment to school children ages five to 12.
The participants will discover the properties of UV light, and be careful not to get zapped by the Telsa Coil when they create indoor lightning.
Mad Science will introduce the children to nitrocellulose, more commonly known as flash paper, and give the young science lovers an exciting fireworks display, indoors!
Workman says the program is strict on its maximum of 25 participants and in order to avoid disappointed children being turned away at the door, all must be registered for the workshop by Sept 28.
Another, quite different program will arrive at the library for the inservice day on Friday, Oct. 28. The Sobeys South Shore Wild Hockey Club, which is based in Liverpool, will be available for a meet and greet from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. The players, who come from all along the South Shore and beyond, will be at the library to meet their fans and talk about their love for the sport of hockey.
"The players will come in and meet the kids who maybe watch their hockey games, get to talk to them about their favourite position or the number of goals they've had," says Workman. "It will just give kids a one on one chance to talk to some of the players. We thought it was a little bit different."
Although registration is not as strict for South Shore Wild, Workman says the library would still like to have a rough idea of how many children will be attending.To register for either Mad Science or South Shore Wild, those interested can call 354-5270.