The Twin Falls Public Library is happy to be starting a brand new workshop for children getting ready to enter kindergarten and their parents. Fun with Math & Science is a hands-on, caregiver-lead learning experience. Children ages 4 to 5 will spend the evening learning math and science principals through play and discovery. Parents will learn how to introduce important vocabulary and make playtime both fun and educational. Join us on October 4th at 6:30pm
Getting people interested in science can be a challenge, but “Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet” strives to make it fun with a focus on local earth science topics — such as weather, the water cycle and ecosystem changes — as well as a global view of our changing planet.
The interactive exhibit will be enhanced by several programs designed to showcase STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and math – for visitors of all ages.
As always, Library programs are free and open to the public.
MINING IN IDAHO with TOM BLANCHARD
Thu, Aug 25 - 6:30 PM
Tom, a former CSI professor, will be here to talk about the impact of the political and environmental decisions made during the early mining period in Idaho. Sponsored in part by the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.
AUG 24 – OCT 9
Get inspired by nature and show off your creativity! Write a poem about your observations of our earth, submit it before October 9, and you might win a prize. All ages.
KIDS CLUB MOVIE: WALL-E
Wed, Aug 31 – 4:00 PM
Lonely robot WALL-E falls in love and goes on an adventure that will change his life, life on Earth, and humanity.
TFPL BOOK CLUB
Tue, Sep 13 - 5:30 PM
Join us for a lively discussion of John McPhee’s look at our Great Basin region in Basin and Range.
TEEN ACTIVITY: SUCCULENTS
Thu, Sep 15 – 4:00 PM
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how grow succulents (and learn more about gardening), drop in!
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: DISNEY EARTH
Thu, Sep 22 - 6:00 PM
Bring the whole clan in for the epic adventure of three animal families and their journey across the planet. Plus, we’ll have some great take-home activities and booklists!
SUPER SCIENCE SATURDAY
Sat, Sep 24 - 10 AM–1 PM
We’ll be at City Park with a bunch of cool science demonstrations, crafts, stories, and more – like snakes from the Herrett Center – for the whole family to enjoy!
KIDS CLUB: SCIENCE SQUAD
Wed, Sep 28 – 4:00 PM
How’s the weather? Our experiments today will focus on how weather and climate play a part in our everyday lives. (For kids grades 1-5.)
Sat, Oct 8 – All Day!
Pick up a Nature Kit at the Reference Desk – we’ll have one for every age group – then go explore! And, while you’re investigating, we hope you’ll be inspired to write a poem for the Poetry Contest!
CONQUERING THE SNAKE with ANDREW VAWSER
Thu, Oct 13 – 6:30 PM
Andrew will join us to share his new film documenting the impact of the Carey Act – which brought irrigation and increased settlement - and created the “Magic Valley.”
KIDS CLUB: CRAFT DAY
Wed, Oct 19 – 4:00 PM
Come in, learn about rocks, choose a favorite, and make it a pet! (For kids grades 1-5.)
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT
Wed, Oct 19 - 6:30 PM
As part of our LTAI series, we’re reading and discussing Pulitzer Prize winners. Join us tonight for Annie Dillard’s nature classic, The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
GEOLOGY UNDERFOOT IN SOUTHERN IDAHO with SHAWN WILLSEY
Thu, Oct 20 – 6:30 PM
Shawn, geology professor at CSI, will be presenting a unique look at the amazing geology of Southern Idaho, sharing his favorite sites, and showing us how to look at our environment with new eyes.
Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet was organized by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation.
3D printing will be avaliable at the Twin Falls Public Library starting July 11th! If you would like to try 3D printing, bring in your 3D .STL model file on a USB key or find a model on http://www.thingiverse.com. You can also create your own model at home using this free online Computer Aided Design software.
The Library 3D printer is a PrintrBot Simple Metal with a 6" x 6" x 6"/150mm x 150mm x 150mm build volume. The Library has red, white, blue, and green PLA filament to print your designs! Depending on the size and quality settings of the print, a job can take anywhere from minutes to hours so be prepared to come back to pick up your print. Prints will cost $0.10 per meter of PLA filament used. Once the print is completed the Library staff will contact you for pickup.
So be sure to checkout 3D printing the next time you visit the Library!