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August is Chemistry Month!

Have you ever wondered what you had in common with the stars above? This August you can find out what we have in common with fizzy soda, cars, and star systems. Chemistry makes up all matter, from the elements on the periodic table to the molecues that form the galaxy. Molecules, particles, elements, and chemical reactions make up everyday life here and beyond. We'll also take a look at the chemists who discovered and made our modern world possible. 

 

How to make a universe with 92 ingredients

by Adrian Dingle

What do cars, stars, skyscrapers, and ice cream all have in common? They're all made from the same 92 ingredients...and so are we. And so is everything in the entire universe! How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients presents a unique and imaginative way for young readers to connect chemistry and science with their daily lives. By using dozens of familiar objects, author Adrian Dingle has built a platform from which to teach kids that trees, cell phones, and the Sun are all made of a handful of chemical elements found on the periodic table.

 

Why is milk white? : & 200 other curious chemistry questions

by Alexa Coelho and Simon Quellen

Covering a wide variety of everyday chemistry concepts from the very simple to the more complex, this question-and-answer primer provides straightforward, easy-to-understand explanations for inquisitive young scientists’ questions. A dozen unique experiments to try at home are interspersed with the answers to such questions as What makes soda so fizzy? and Why do you get cavities when you eat too much sugar? From separating food coloring into its component dyes to using easy-to-find chemicals to create “slime,” Silly Putty, or bouncing balls, this handy guide is the ideal resource for the budding chemist.

 

by Adrian Dingle
 
Designed to resemble social networking web sites, The Periodic Table gives each chemical element its own homepage providing basic facts such as atomic weight, standard state and boiling point as well as a quirky profile written by each element. The portraits, such as Gold with its bling and Lead dressed like a Roman centurion, reinforce the information about each element.
 

Marie Curie

by Kathleen Krull

Marie Curie, the woman who coined the term radioactivity, won not just one Nobel Prize but two, in physics and chemistry, both supposedly girl-phobic sciences. Marie Curie describes the life and work of the scientist who won two Nobel Prizes and died of radiation poisoning from years of investigating the dangerous elements that she herself had discovered. Readers will learn about the dark side of a woman and her devotion to science--the politics of science, her depression, and the drive to succeed. It is a brutally honest portrayal of a woman in a field dominated by men.

 

The disappearing spoon : and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements

by Sam Kean

The Periodic Table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

 

The joy of chemistry : the amazing science of familiar thingsby Cathy Cobb and Monty L. Fetterolf

This book challenges the perception of chemistry as too difficult to bother with and too clinical to be any fun. Cathy Cobb and Monty L. Fetterolf, both professional chemists and experienced educators, introduce readers to the magic, elegance, and, yes, joy of chemistry. From the fascination of fall foliage and fireworks, to the functioning of smoke detectors and computers, to the fundamentals of digestion (as when good pizza goes bad!), the authors illustrate the concepts of chemistry in terms of everyday experience, using familiar materials.

 

Cathedrals of science : the personalities and rivalries that made modern chemistry

by Patrick Coffey

Like any other human endeavor, chemistry was built by real people, with all their strengths and faults. The book focuses on the big names of chemistry, and the smaller names that are usually forgotten by older books. Cathedrals of Science describes its construction-the intersection of science and personality that transformed chemistry, with its chemists struggling for understanding, squabbling over scientific credit, and making moral choices about chemical warfare, totalitarianism, and nuclear weapons.

 

by Simon Field
 
This fascinating handbook delves into the chemistry of everyday household products. Decoding more than 150 cryptic ingredients, the guide explains each component's structural formula, offers synonymous names, and describes its common uses. This informative resource can serve curious readers as a basic primer to commercial chemistry or as an indexed reference for specific compounds found on a product label.

Batman's 75th Anniversary

The world’s most popular Super Hero turns 75. Also known as the Dark Knight and Caped Crusader, Batman first appeared in the comic book Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, featuring artwork by Bob Kane and scripted by Bill Finger.

In addition to the popular comic books, he’s starred in billion-dollar blockbuster movies, TV series, and video games. To mark the anniversary, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment have plans for a year-long celebration, which includes a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and new Batman titles and products. “Batman Day” is Wednesday, July 23.

You can also celebrate Batman's anniversary by checking out these graphic novel titles:

Batman: Arkham City by Paul Dini (AFG)

An all new epic bridging the gap between the hit game BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM and its exciting, upcoming sequel BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY. Paul Dini (HARLEY QUINN, BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM) is the game's writer and now tells this essential story that both gamers and Batman fans will want to read. Artist CARLOS D'ANDA provided visual concepts for the game and now brings his insider's expertise to this dark thriller.

Read more: Batman's 75th Anniversary

Practice Oklahoma Driving Tests!

Free Permit Practice Test ButtonDriving exams. Adjust the side mirrors, buckle up, and turning your phone off are all tips we know when we get in to the driver's seat - but what about the written exam before that?

Do you know? What headlight beams do you use when driving at night in heavy fog? What does that crazy diamond shaped sign with the black squiggle on it mean? And what speed can you drive on a four-lane divided highway if it's not posted?

No worries! Your hometown libraries have you covered. Visit http://pioneerlibrarysystem.org/buckleup to take our online practice exams. And we'll have you speeding through the written portion on in no time....the driving portion we'll leave to that brave family member or friend.

Summer Reading Online Badges

The Summer Reading Program Online has been successful so far with many participants of all ages. So far, 262 reading badge of various levels have been electronically given to participants. When participants read more, they earn more badges. You could be next! Sign up for SRP Online if you haven't already, and start earning those badges.

Touring Programs for the Summer Reading Program

Children

Music Mix with Dino O'Dell Duo will educate through fun, and the musician responsible for the Dino persona has been "proudly tricking children into learning since 2003." Dino will be trying out a few new tunes this summer, as well as old favorites, so you definitely will not want to miss it!

Mon, June 9 at 10 a.m. in Noble   Wed., June 11 at 2 p.m. in Newcastle
Mon., June 9 at 2  & 7 p.m. in Norman   Thurs., June 12 at 11 a.m. in McLoud
Tues., June 10 at 10:30 a.m. in Purcell Thurs., June 12 at 2 p.m. in Tecumseh
Tues., June 10 at 2 & 6:30 p.m. in Moore  Fri., June 13 at 10:30 a.m. in Shawnee
Wed., June 11 at 10:30 a.m. in Blanchard    Fri., June 13 at 2 p.m. in SOKC

Read more: Touring Programs for the Summer Reading Program

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