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July 16, 2014

Children learn about science at summer reading program

FAIRMONT — Marion County children are learning about science through reading at the Marion County Public Library this summer.

Each year, the library and other libraries nationwide participate in a summer reading program that carries out a universal theme. This year the theme is “Fizz Boom Read,” and it is all about science.

“The classes are fun exploration of different types of science things each week,” said Christian Cox, the children’s librarian at the Marion County Public Library. “This week, we had Matt come in from the (WVU) Extension (Service).”

Matt Bartrug, an AmeriCorps Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) VISTA volunteer, gave a presentation Wednesday morning about various basic science concepts. He made a tornado out of water bottles, created a lava lamp and helped the children build their own catapults and bracelets with color-changing UV beads.

Other topics covered throughout the summer include geology, astronomy, weather and archeology.

Find the full story in Thursday’s Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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