April 13, 2015

Southwest Book Club Meets April 21

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Join the Southwest Book Club in a discussion about Temple Grandin and her books. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, a best-selling author, an autistic activist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also invented the "hug box", a device to calm those on the autism spectrum. The subject of an award-winning, 2010 biographical film on HBO, Temple Grandin, she also was listed in the Time 100 list of the one hundred most influential people in the world in the Heroes category.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Tuesday, April 21
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Library Meeting Room

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. What did you know about Temple Grandin prior to reading one of her books? Did you learn anything new about her? Change your opinion about her?

2. What is Grandin's most admirable quality? Is she someone you would want to know?

3. If you read one of her books on autism, did you read anything that changed your opinion on the subject? If you read one of her books on animals, did you read anything that changed your opinion on the subject?

4. Has reading her books on autism or animal behavior inspired you to do further research on the subject?

April 9, 2015

Discoveries and Digressions: Tinkering Minds

Here are some great titles for kids to stretch their innovative side and get inspired:
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Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? by Gilda and Melvin Berger
You will love sharing this book with preschoolers and third grade level alike. Hey, if you just look at the pictures and find the animals, it is a good read! But you can also get into deeper questions about the adaptations of animals. Hint: Zebras have stripes so that when they stand as a group it is hard for the predator to single out one zebra. Recommended grades: K-3.
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Engineering a Totally Rad Skateboard with MaxAxiom Super Scientist by Tammy Enz
This is just one book in a brand new series of Graphic Novel Science books. It describes the process involved in making a perfect skateboard. Full of illustrations and dialog in cartoon style, this book is fantastic for fifth grade level students who are in need of a different approach to learning (and learning to love!) science. Recommended grades: 4-8.
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Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff by Curt Gabrielson
This book is part of a new trend in education that encourages fiddling and tinkering. Kids are building small roller coasters and boats and all kinds of great stuff in tinkering school (See Ted Talk Tinkering speech by Gever Tulley). The book presents clear pictures and contains several plans for items you can design at home. Projects will appeal to children of various ages and abilities. Based on these two factors, some adult supervision may be needed or desired.
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Steven Caney's Ultimate Building Book by Steven Caney
This book is about design, construction, and invention that will stimulate the curiosity of children and adults alike. It has extensive information and easy-to-follow instructions using ordinary household materials to build things on your own. Learn about biodomes, the tallest buildings in the world, cranes, suspension bridges, and more. This book will appeal to those in sixth grade and older.

Join us at 3:00 p.m. every Wednesday for WhizKids here at Southwest to learn to use electronic circuitry, computer software and MORE...Recommended for ages 9-12. Registration required.