June 10--EAST HARTFORD -- The East Hartford Public Library is kicking off a science-themed summer reading program with a live performance by the Sciencetellers, a troupe that tells stories using scientific experiments.
The event is taking place Thursday, June 26 at 4 p.m. at the East Hartford Cultural Community Center. Children of all ages and their families are invited to attend.
Also on June 26, kids in pre-school and up to the 8th grade can sign up for the 2014 Summer Reading Program.
This year's program, titled "Fizz, Boom, Read!," is being funded by the United Technologies Research Center. Participants can record themselves reading -- a minimum of 15 minutes a day is required -- and summit their recordings for a chance to win prizes.
The library will also offer a variety of science programs for kids of all ages, where participants can make slime, excavate dinosaur skeletons, extract DNA, pan for gold, meet a detective and build volcanoes.
Other programs include an inflatable planetarium at the Community Cultural Center on July 9, a Bubbleology program July 23 by the Connecticut Science Center and a visit by the Discovery Museum on Aug. 5 that involves building rockets and kitchen chemistry experiments.
The final program will be a performance Aug. 9 by Jungle Jim, who will create a Rube Goldberg mousetrap out of balloons and volunteers from the audience.
The Wickham Library branch, located at 656 Burnside Ave., will also have weekly programs for children. Pajama Storytime will take place Tuesdays and Wickham Circle Time, a program of stories, songs and crafts, will take place Friday, starting on June 13.
All programs are free. Registration is required for most programs as space and supplies are limited. For more information or to sign up call (860)290-4332 or visit http://www.ehtfdlib.info.
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