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MAD ABOUT SCIENCE

June 29, 2013

Above, seven-year-old Adam Giuffrida of Lincoln helps demonstrate the science of inertia with Mad Scientist “Cyclone Cindy” Brunelle during a program at the Cumberland Library. Photo/Ernest A. Brown

CUMBERLAND — The Summer Reading Program held at the public library got off to a great start on Thursday, June 27, when a “Mad Scientist” amazed an audience of children with her presentation on the Earth’s composition and the scientific method.
“Cyclone Cindy” Brunelle captured the children’s attention with demonstrations of geysers, volcanoes, inertia, and much more.
The young scientists even got to take home small rocks and minerals as tokens of their experiences.
The Children’s Room in the library has been transformed into a backyard garden, and children have been given booklets of seeds to further their knowledge of earth science and positive involvement in the environment.
This event prompted more than 200 children to enroll in the 2013 Summer Reading Program, and the library expects at least an additional 100 to sign up this summer. The first book reading of the season will be held on July 1.
An array of themed events will also take place at the library for the children to enjoy, including an “Animal World Experience” and Bingo Day. The children and their families are also encouraged to participate in the book readings at Franklin Farm, a volunteer garden club in Cumberland, and learn about the many benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. The Cumberland Library’s summer program, “Dig Into READING!” is part of a statewide initiative to promote reading and education among children while school is out of session.
This program is supported by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pawtucket Red Sox, Citizens Bank, and Pepsi. Rhode Island Children’s and Young Adult Librarians and the Friends of the Cumberland Public Library are also local supporters of the summer program. Children ages 4-12 are welcome to enroll. Contact the Children’s Room at the Cumberland Public Library at 401-333-2552, ext. 3, for more information.

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