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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My kid likes to connect the dots...??

"We assume that knowledge of science is
the prerogative of only a small number of human beings,
isolated and priest-like in their laboratories.
This is not true."
R.C.
Dear Circ,

My daughter is interested in everything, but she seems to be most interested in how things connect together. How does gravity affect ocean tides? How do ocean tides affect sea creatures? How do sea creatures affect beaches? How do beaches affect climate? How does climate affect us? The kid just loves following a trail! But from what I've heard about the science kits, there isn't any one kit that will help with that kind of thinking. Am I missing something?

Maria, Mom of a Dot-Connecting Kid


Dear Maria,

You haven't missed anything. The kind of thinking that you're describing crosses boundaries, and in the beginning, that's not easy to do. You need to know about lots of different things, and then make the connections. In some cases, the kits have already followed a path, like the circuit kits or the anatomy kits, and in other cases, the kits are more fundamental, like the simple machines kits, although simple machines were not discovered and understood all at the same time by the same scientist. It's all part of learning about science. We think your daughter would be best off trying ALL the kits.

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is she a patron of ours. The person above is both a famous scientist, as well as a very famous author. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about this woman, who was perhaps an example of a modern polymath, and how through her writing, she impacted the consciousness of a nation, go here, here and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

My son carries rocks in his pockets...??

Dear Circ,

My son likes to explore. Everything! We hike, we camp, we like the outdoors. And he looks at everything. Nothing escapes him. Plants, trees, birds, animals, even rocks. Especially rocks. My wife says his pockets are always full of rocks. He brings them home, and then he asks, "What is it, Dad?" "Where did it come from?" "Why is it here?" I never have an answer for him. He probably thinks I'm not too smart, well, that I'm as dumb as a box of rocks, as my dad used to say.

I've heard all this buzz about science kits. Have you got anything to help out this poor dad and his son?

Geo. L. Ogee, father of a rock pup


Dear George,

No offense to your dad, but a box of rocks is not dumb. A box of rocks is full of mystery and history and puzzles, and even answers. Your son is asking all the right questions, and we have a kit just made for the two of you. We have a geology kit that explains how to identify minerals, how to classify rocks, and help you understand how those rocks formed and what they can tell you about the history of the earth. You and your son can become volcanoes of knowledge, erupting geologic information!

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is he a patron of ours. The person above is both a famous scientist as well as a famous author. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the scientist/author. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about this man and how his ideas rocked our world, go here, here, and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Why does my brother look different from me??

Dear Circ,

I want to know why my brother's hair is straight, but mine is curly. I want to know why my eyes are hazel, but his eyes are blue. I want to know what makes me, me, and him, him, you know what I mean? My mom says that starts with science. She also told me you have science stuff for kids like me. Do you have science stuff for me? Stuff that will help me understand why he looks different from me?

Barbara, age 5


Dear Barbara,

We do have science stuff for you! Those are some very big questions, but we know where you can begin. We have a genetics kit. You can even build a model of DNA, the stuff that makes you what you are. It's a great place to start answering those questions of yours.

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is she a patron of ours. This little girl grew up to be a famous scientist, as well as a famous author, winning a U.S. National Medal of Science, the first MacArthur Foundation Grant, and the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1983 "for her discovery of mobile genetic elements." Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the scientist. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about this woman and her discovery of "jumping genes," go here, here, here, and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

My son is starry eyed...??

Image courtesy of the Observatories of
the Carnegie Institution for Science Collection
Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Dear Circ,

My son likes the sky. Sometimes we go out and look at the stars together. I started showing him the constellations, and how to navigate by the stars, then we migrated into Indian legends, Greek myths, and early exploration. Heck, we're all over the map. Now he's teaching me and learning things at the same time. It's actually pretty great, he's at that age where he isn't talking much, but it seems like he really opens up at night. It's a way to connect, you know? I really want to keep this up! Have you got a science kit for us?

Schuyler Walker and Schuyler Walker Jr.


Dear Schuy Walkers,

We do have a kit for you, a really great astronomy kit, that includes a small telescope! And as you have found out, the science kits can provide a family learning experience, a way for moms and dads to engage their kids and learn some science at the same time, right along side their kids. Just like bonding over bedtime stories and picture books, you can do it with our science kits. What a stellar opportunity to discover more about our universe and the fun and excitement of exploring something new!

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is he a patron of ours. The person above is both a famous scientist as well as a famous author. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the scientist. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about him and how he expanded our universe, go here, here, here and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Do you have math kits too??

Photo by Konrad Jacobs, Erlangen
CC BY-SA 2.0 DE
Dear Circ,

All my kids like science, but my little girl just loves numbers. I don't know where she's heading, but there's something going on there. I'd like to encourage her any way I can. I read about the science kits. Did you include math too? It's an important tool no matter what direction a kid wants to go.

Norman B. Ase II


Dear Norm,

We agree wholeheartedly, math is a foundation one can't afford to be without, whether they're heading into pure math, science, or any number of other areas, like economics, banking, accounting or business. And math can be fun and interesting too. Everyone loves a puzzle! So we have several math kits ready to go. We hope your little girl likes them as much as we do!

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is he a patron of ours. The person above is a famous mathematician, engineer, and inventor, and yes, a famous author as well. He set the stage for modern information theory. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the person. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about the person, go here, here, here, and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

We're looking for science items for our kids...??

Photo by Bell Labs, 1948
Dear Circ,

Our kids love science! They're literally chips off the old blocks, pun intended. They have science class in school, and math, but apparently books and lectures are just not enough for them. They especially like the hands on, look at this, try that, think about it kind of science. We, of all people, understand, but we can't really turn them loose in our lab. Is there anything you can do for us at the library?

John, Bill and Walt Wizard


Dear Misters Wizard,

Oh boy, do we have news for you! We're going to have science kits! Several enterprising staff members applied for a grant from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) last fall, and yes, the Roselle Library was awarded a grant to develop science kits for our youth and teen patrons. Eight generous local businesses provided matching contributions and sponsored kits (for a list of the businesses see page 9 of Access, our redesigned newsletter). We can't tell you how grateful and thrilled we are!

As we speak, staff are working furiously to get the kits cataloged and packaged, so they're ready for patrons to check out. The kits are just what you'd like, full of things to build, touch, see and think about, plus books and videos to go along. We have a veritable buffet of science that should stimulate any appetite!

We're having an open house to display the kits on April 9, right at the beginning of National Library Week, and we hope to start checking them out to patrons on April 10. We're so excited, come on in and join our celebration!

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, these people are not "Dear Circ" and are not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor are they patrons of ours. The people above are famous scientists as well as famous authors. They shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 1956 for “researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect," in 1947. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the names of the scientists. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about these men, go here, here, and here. For information about the transistor (its invention is an IEEE milestone) and its impact on our lives, go here and here, for items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Do you have laptops we can check out??

Portraits by Thomas Buchanan Read
Dear Circ,

My husband and I like to work together on just about everything. We came to the library to work on some things and brought our laptops so we could sit together. Unfortunately, while my laptop was working great, his wouldn't power up, and his AC adapter didn't help. We don't want to sit side by side. That's nice for holding hands, but we like to see each other and talk quietly. What can we do?

Lizzie and Bob Love-Birds


Dear Lizzie and Bob,

Well, the simplest solution is to check out a laptop! We have some new laptops available to patrons for check out. They come loaded with Windows 7, Office 2010, and connect to our Wi-Fi, with a choice of browsers. Feel free to print from our remote printing service. We have flash drives and ear buds for purchase at the desk if you need them. You can check out a laptop for four hours and use it anywhere in the library, in our comfy chairs or at a table for two. You need a Roselle library card in good standing. Just ask at the Circ desk.

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, these people are not "Dear Circ" and are not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor are these two patrons of ours. These two are Victorian poets and authors, and their union is considered one of history's most famous literary marriages. Place your mouse cursor on the image for the names of the authors. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about these two, go here and here. For more information about their historic correspondence, and see images, go here and here. To read the text of their letters, go here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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