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Stargazing 101 – Learn to use our new Telescope

The Burlington Public Library has added an Orion StarBlast 4.5” telescope that you can check out with your library card.
Telescope Program and Loan Program

It’s a great family activity and there are many books in our library to introduce you to basic astronomy. The telescope will be loaned out for two weeks at a time.

The telescope was donated by Island County Astronomical Society. Volunteer astronomer Bob Scott of the society has decades of experience studying the stars and is happy to help.
Click here for videos on how to use the telescope and more information on the program.  Drop by the library and we’ll put you on the waiting list. We anticipate requests to be high throughout the summer months.

 

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Ranger Reads Program @ Burlington Public Library

North Cascades National Park is one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Animals with fins, fur, feathers and scales are all at home in this dramatic and beautiful environment.

Local National Park Ranger Jason Bordelon will be sharing information about nature through literature. Join us for captivating tales, fiction and non-fiction about our wildlife, critters, ecosystems, and how to use our park system when camping and or hiking in our earth’s beautiful habitat.

Our first session begins on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Burlington Public Library. Homeschool families and educational institutes with children 5 to  9-year-olds are encouraged to attend!

Pine Marten at Coon Lake

 

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Library Program: A People’s Geology Guidebook

DaveTuckerDec92015Booktalk and Presentation:
A people’s geology guide book: “Geology Underfoot in Western Washington
Dave Tucker
Research Associate, Western Washington University
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Burlington Public Library
840 E. Washington Ave NW
Burlington WA 98233

Geology Underfoot in Western Washington is a get-out-of-the-car-and-put-your-hands-on-the-rock sort of guide book. The author, Dave Tucker of Bellingham, wrote the book for folks without academic background in geology, though geologists enjoy it and teachers use it.

The book is enhanced with with introductory color photographs and many descriptive diagrams. There are 22 field trips to places in the Cascades, Puget Lowlands, Olympic Mountains and the Pacific shore. Readers are introduced to some geologic essentials, such as plate tectonics, how rocks are named and dated, and a capsule geologic history of Washington State. Each chapter was reviewed by a geologist who has worked at the site, and field tested by a lay reader. The presentation will highlight one of the field trips, and explain how the book was put together.

Join us for this inspiring lecture and chance to meet the author of what is sure to become a classic on Washington’s magnificent geography. For more information about the book, visit Dave’s Northwest Geology Field Trips website, https://nwgeology.wordpress.com/my-book/

 

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Reminder ! Lunar eclipse 7 pm Sunday evening

Lunar eclipse in Burlington WA

See Also http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2015-september-28

Lots more information available with your library card, check thScience Reference Center for Science Homeworke books in the 520s (Dewey Decimal Number) for more information, photographs and online Science Reference Center.

 

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How Healthy is Skagit County?

CountyHealthRankings

22% of children in Skagit County live in poverty –

18% of Skagit County residents are uninsured –

Click the box above to see how healthy Skagit County ranks in comparison to other communities.  A large study recently released shows statistics and data related to healthy communities giving a baseline of information.  The baseline can be used to compare with similar communities or future rankings to note improvements in our quality of life indicators.

Take some time to look through the data.  Those who are already involved in healthy living activities will find it interesting to study the data.  It includes sources for the data which other media reports rarely do!!!

There is even a prize for the the community that improves the most – Spokane County won it in 2014!

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The Youth Science Expo is coming up!

We are absolutely thrilled about our upcoming Youth Science Expo on Tuesday, July 8th from 2-4 p.m.  The expo will be a library-wide festival where youth ages 8-18 can design some cool projects while learning about scientific concepts.  Kids and teens will learn to take their pulse, shoot a vortex cannon, make computer keyboards out of gummy worms, and design some slick e-textile accessories.

One of our favorite activities is a station where kids can design their own balloon-powered cars.  Here’s a video to get a flavor for the project.  We hope that you can come to the expo to design a car with us, of course, but if you can’t make it, you can use this video’s instructions to create some air pressure-powered racers at home:

 

-Jane

 

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The coming megaquake

Sandi DoughtonScientists don’t know when the next Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will strike, but they agree that such a megaquake would have drastic consequences for the Pacific Northwest.

As part of our Winter Adult Reading Months (WARM) program, we invited Seattle Times science writer Sandi Doughton to explain what scientists know about the coming megaquake.  Doughton believes that our region has a lot to do to prepare for such a huge seismic event, and will give a riveting talk at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Burlington Public Library.  Come join us to learn more about the geology and future of our area!

-Jane

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