Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. According to the official National Hispanic Heritage Month's website, the month is a time for "celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America."

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

Solar S’more Ovens

Going green can be tasty! Did you know that you can make s’mores in a solar oven? That was the experiment we did this week at the library. Here are instructions so you can try this at home. Please note that this project requires the use of sharp tools and high temperatures, so grab a grown-up and take precautions. Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Solar Oven:

Do You Have...?

Before school gets out, Youth Services Librarians visit the local schools to tell students about the Library’s Summer Learning program. I love visiting each classroom and engaging with the students, they always have the best questions.  Oftentimes students want to know if we have a particular book, or books about a certain subject.  The answer?  We do, at least 99% anyway.  We have all kinds of books, as wide, weird, and wonderful as only the human brain can imagine.  Here is just a small sample of some of the more unique titles in our collection:

You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Science!

Science can be scrumptious, especially when your experiment results in delicious ice cream.  We recently did this project at the Kingston and Little Boston Libraries as the grand finale for our summer STEM programs and it was a big hit. 

Enjoying ice cream in the shade of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Longhouse

Here are directions for you do try this at home:

Ice Cream Ingredients

In a quart-size Ziploc bag, mix together:

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