Martin Library recently purchased two types of robots, the LEGO NXT and BeeBot, to provide kids with a hands-on opportunity to program robots. They will be available for kids to use during the “A Day of Exploring STEM” event Saturday at Martin Library. (SUBMITTED)
By DEB SULLIVAN
On the Shelves
Here’s your question for the day: What do BeeBots and STEM have in common?
Answer: They are both part of “A Day of Exploring STEM,” to be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Martin Library.
And just in case these terms are new to you (as they were for me), a BeeBot is a programmable robot designed for young children and STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.
Schools and libraries are working to increase student knowledge in these science-based areas for future workforce needs. Saturday’s event will introduce kids and their families to STEM in a fun way. It is free to attend and there are a variety of activities surrounding robotics, coding and building planned for kids from pre-school age on up through high school.
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You might remember Markus Zusak’s “The Book Thief” as the One Book, One Community selection in 2010. Well, this year, the best-seller is getting a film adaptation, directed by Brian Percival (“Downton Abbey,” “North & South”) and starring Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Emily Watson (“Gosford Park,” “War Horse”). The movie had a limited American release Nov. 8 and is now in theaters nationwide.
The movie had a lot to live up to. The book has a very distinct voice and style, and its heartwarming and heart-breaking story set in Nazi Germany likes to play with time elements, something that doesn’t always translate to film. A lot of what makes Zusak’s work stand out is the way it’s told, from the point of view of Death himself, someone who admits he was plenty busy throughout Germany over the years the story takes place. Death tells the tale of Liesel Meminger, a young girl who goes to live with a foster family in a town near Munich in 1938. The story details the deep relationships Liesel forges with her foster parents, especially her papa, Hans Hubermann; the neighbors, especially the sweet-talking, fast-running Rudy Steiner, who’s always smiling and seeking Liesel’s affections; a Jewish man whom Hans protects from the concentration camps; and the books that help Liesel through these trying times.
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Nick Long with Salvaging Creativity, right, helps guide the nearly 300 lb. statue of the tin man as it is lifted with a fork lift from the back of a truck to it’s location at the corner of North George and East Philadelphia streets in 2012. The statue is one of 10 that will inspire the Writer’s Eye submissions this year. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — FILE)
Need a little inspiration for your next poem or short story? Take a look around the heart of downtown York.
Writers are invited to submit a piece for YorkArts’ annual Writer’s Eye Competition “in response to the industrial themed found art sculptures on North George Street in downtown York,” according to a press release.
The contest is open to students in grades 4 through 12, college students and adults, with first-, second-, and third-place ribbons awarded in four age categories. Winning works are also published in the Writer’s Eye booklet.
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It’s been a while since I felt myself falling in love with a YA book … falling hard to the point where I didn’t want to do anything but read and block out the world. Rainbow Rowell’s “Eleanor & Park” took me back to when I first fell in love — the awkward, dangerous first moments of romance when nothing else in the world matters but the person of your affection.
Rowell gives her readers so much to love. I rooted for Eleanor, a red-headed, slightly overweight, misfit new girl, as she braved her first day of school, the horrible bus (before it became not so horrible), and her despicable step-father.
Eleanor’s brashness and ability to transcend the pettiness around her rubs off on Park, a quiet Asian kid whose loving family comprised of his Korean war veteran father, Korean mother and younger but taller brother lives in suburban blissfulness. His parents still make out (much to Park’s disdain).
(Photo courtesy of Flickr user Alan Cleaver)
I don’t know about you, but celebrating Thanksgiving three days before Dec. 1 is throwing me off.
I like to think I have an abundance of time for all of my holiday duties — gift buying, gift wrapping, apartment decorating, cookie making and all. But it’s December! Already!
For the past few weeks, political reads have been topping the best-seller lists at the Books-A-Million in Springettsbury Township. If you’re buying for a politics junkie, here are six titles to check out.
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The committee met. The public voted. And for the 2014 One Book, One Community program, readers in six counties will dive into “The Worst Hard Time,” by Timothy Egan.
One Book, One Community, launched in 2004, encourages readers in several counties — this year, York, Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Perry — to borrow the book from their local libraries and discuss it with friends, family and neighbors.
The nonfiction title focuses on the 1930s Dust Bowl, seen through the eyes of families who watched their homes and farms crumble right in front of them.
“I almost can’t believe that it was as bad as it was,” said Karen Hostetter, York’s One Book, One Community coordinator. ”I don’t think I ever knew that it was that horrendous.”
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Purchasing books for a loved one can be a tricky endeavor. Will she like it? Will he read it? Does she already own it?
This holiday season, whether you’re seeking a gift for the office exchange or your picky 14-year-old niece, York County librarians have a few suggestions.
Younger kids should enjoy the interactive aspects of “Oh, No!” by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann, said Deborah Van de Castle, director of branch services for the York County Library System.
The read-aloud book “will have children exclaiming ‘Oh, no!’ each time an animal takes a tumble into a deep, dark hole,” Van de Castle said.
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