The Knox County Public Library, 502 N. Seventh St., is embracing this Halloween season by offering special programs aimed at helping young people discover all the spooky aspects of science.
Roger Stremming, director of the library's newly-combined Youth and Teen Departments, recently secured a Quantum Leap grant from Indiana Humanities for its “Making a Monster” series.
The programs, Stremming says, help to connect the humanities — subjects like history, literature and even philosophy — with popular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.
“The entire program is based around medicine and the ethical and historical side of medicine,” Stremming said. “We'll look at why doctors are held to certain standards, and we'll use literature like 'Frankenstein' to make some of those connections.
“And we'll be looking at anatomy and connecting that to technology with 3-D printing and coding and that sort of thing.
“The kids are really going to enjoy it, I think.”
The programs began this week and will continue through the end of the month.
The Teen Advisory Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday for “Gross History,” a program with local historian Brian Spangle talking about “disgusting” ways doctors once tried to heal or treat the sick, Stremming said.
Programs then continue at 6 p.m. on Tuesday with a “crazy, spooky” story time for children.
“And even with those younger ones, there will be a fun science experiment in addition to story time,” Stremming said. “They'll get to have those fun, science experiences where they get to see how different things work.”
Also at 6 p.m. Tuesday, teen library patrons are invited to come build a “monster” with combined technology and craft materials.
At 10 a.m. on Oct. 27, Tonya Short with the Knox County Purdue Extension Office will take youngsters on an exploration on their body's most interesting functions, Stremming said, and how best to keep everything running smoothly.
Events then continue at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 with “Build it Stronger” for teens, a look into how 3-D printing is being used by professionals in the medical sciences. Also that evening, younger children can attend “Mad Scientist” at 6 p.m., a chance to explore the differences between doctors and mad scientists and do a series of fun activities.
Beginning at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30, children will be invited to another spooky story time with a subsequent science experiment, while teens can partake in yet another monster workshop.
Stremming highlighted the Tuesday evening activities as events will be geared both toward younger children and teens at the same time, offering an opportunity for entire families to come to the library together.
All events for children, he said, will be upstairs in the Youth Department while teen events will take place in the main library's basement.
“I'm just really excited because this is all stuff I really enjoy doing,” Stremming said. “I'm looking forward to showing the kids all about it.
“There aren't a lot of opportunities to offer this kind of engagement with the latest in technology, and I think the kids will really get into it.”
For more information, contact the library at 812-886-4380.