The Bryant Library certainly has made its contribution to this worthwhile goal by sponsoring its popular Fizz, Boom – Read! Summer reading program.
The program ended its summer reading activities with a blast of fun at a Fire and Ice science program presented by Mad Science of Long Island.
According to library officials, close to 500 children in Roslyn read over 5,500 books this summer and were treated to a special magic/science program at The Bryant Library in celebration of their achievement.
Children were thrilled by the antics of a mad scientist clad in a white lab coat as he explored the amazing properties of fire and dry ice through scientific activities aptly named Big Burp, the Screwdriver Sizzle” and the famous Mad Science Shower.
The children’s department buzzed with activity during the summer reading program as 373 children visited the library weekly to list books on their reading record cards. An additional 120 participants in the Spark Your Imagination Read-to-Me Club, ages 2-5, also visited the library weekly for prizes and story times.
Children received numerous reading rewards over the course of the seven-week program, including a different take-home science project every week. They also enjoyed revolving science activities, like exploring the properties of matter through a hands-on Slime exhibit, at a special science experiment station funded by a Bullet Aid Grant secured for the library by State Senator Jack Martins.
Especially noteworthy was a science station exhibit on electrical charges that featured an energy stick and levitating orb experiment. When two or more people held hands and also held the energy stick between them, the stick would light up and emit a sound, showing children how an electrical circuit is formed.
The levitating orb experiment required children to rub a special tube with different materials to create a build-up of positive charges (static electricity). When the orb was placed above the wand, its negative charge repelled it away so it floated above the wand.
Once the day’s activities ended, all those who participated in the program were invited to the final party to celebrate their reading accomplishment.