Learn about rocks and minerals from a geologist in the Rocks Rock program on Tuesday, July 8.  Kids can start a rock collection and there will be real dinosaur bones found on dinosaur digs. Sherman Lunde, Geologist with BMC Aggregates, will provide this program at Hawkins Memorial Library and the La Porte City Historical FFA & Ag Museum.

On Tuesday, July 15, Jennifer Gates, Union High School Science Instructor, will host a “polymer party” with some “ooey, gooey” materials and take-home fun.  Students will learn about large chains of particles called polymers by creating and investigating substances such as “gak”, “floam”, and “oobleck”.

Colorful Chemistry is on Tuesday, July 22.  Discover reactions between several solutions as we explore the colorful, and sometimes surprising, world of chemical reactions. Jason Dornbush, Science Outreach Coordinator, Grout Museum District will present this colorful program for kids.

An A to Z Gardening Recipe for the Earth is the topic on Tuesday, July 29, with the WASTE TRAC Education Team. Learn about gardening and composting by transforming banana peels, apple cores and more into compost.  Kids will work in teams to complete an alphabet stew scavenger hunt of items to compost.  Everyone will have the opportunity to mix compost with potting soil and plant seeds.

Tuesday programs will begin at 6 PM. The Summer Reading Program is designed for children age 3 through 5th grade. Pick up a schedule and reading log when you register at Hawkins Memorial Library.  There is no charge for this series of fun, hands-on learning programs.

Additionally, Summer Reading Craft Days are from 1 to 5 PM on Fridays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, These are drop-in craft sessions where kids can create theme related projects to make and take, or to hang in the library’s Summer Reading Art Show, allowing library goers to marvel at the artistic skills of these crafters.