Library presents In the Air summer reading program

The Anoka County Library presents an In the Air summer series for kids.

In the Air will explore form, function and flight.

• Float into Summer Reading Bubble Festival – explore the science of bubbles by creating different shapes of bubbles using fun techniques and household items, then stand inside of a giant bubble.  Monday, June 10, 2:30 p.m., at Johnsville Library, 12461 Oak Park Blvd., Blaine.

• In the Air: Hot Air Ballooning – learn about various aspects of ballooning, including its historical link to Minnesota and the scientific principles involved. See a demonstration on how the balloon functions. If weather permits, the balloon envelope will be inflated to its full height. Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m., Rum River Library, 4201 6th Ave. N.W., Anoka.

• Solar Printing – using ozalid paper and natural materials, the sun helps create unusual print designs in just a few minutes, then frame the favorite design. For kids in grades one-five, Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m., Columbia Heights Library, 820 40th Ave. N.E., Columbia Heights. Call 763-706-3690 to register.

• My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas! – investigate space (including the planets plus Pluto), invent a planet and aliens. Moon boots and goggles are strongly encouraged. For kids entering grades one-five, Monday, June 17, 2 p.m., Crooked Lake Library, 11440 Crooked Lake Blvd., Coon Rapids, and Monday, July 22, 2 p.m., Johnsville Branch 12461 Oak Park Blvd., Blaine. Register online or call the library.

• Flying Things – learn about air currents and updrafts by designing a flying contraption. For kids entering grades one-five, Wednesday, July 24, 2 p.m., Centennial Library, 100 Civic Heights Circle, Circle Pines, and Wednesday, July 31, 2 p.m., St. Francis Library, 3519 Bridge St. N.W., St Francis. Register online or call the library.

“With so many great programs at Anoka County libraries this summer visitors will never run out of things to explore and learn about,” said Anoka County Board Chairperson Rhonda Sivarajah.

In the Air offers kids a creative way to explore art and science, according to Anoka County Library Board President Bob Thistle.

“It taps into our natural curiosity of space and nature,” Thistle said.

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