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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!


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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