Library reading program inspires children to become ‘mad' about science

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BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library hosted on Wednesday the culmination of their children's summer reading program: The Mad Scientist Bash.

The theme of this year's summer reading program was "science," and children who attended the many programs the library put on were able to experience several different aspects of the field. From reading labs for younger children with "Ms. H2O" Chris Poggi, to programs about energy efficiency, engineering, and wildlife, kids of all ages got to explore their inner scientist, and with any luck, a few of them may have been inspired to pursue new dream careers in the sciences.

For the end-of-summer bash, children who signed in got tokens they could spend at a "store," the staff had set up, featuring prizes including posters, erasers, stickers, bookmarks, and buttons. Everyone in attendance also got their choice of a free book.

Children who had completed their reading logs over the summer got an additional book of their choosing. Everyone who completed the summer reading program was also given a certificate.

After the certificate ceremony, kids split up into three different "labs"-- a science lab, an art lab, and an engineering lab, each of which had different activities for them to participate in. Science-themed food was also available, including Petri dish cookies, lab rat cheese nips, fruit molecules, and test-tube juice.

While the 2014 summer reading program at the library is now concluded, anyone interested in participating next year may contact children@bfli.org for more information.

Derek Carson can be reached at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @DerekCarsonBB


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