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Splendid Spiders at the library

This article appeared in the September 14, 2012 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

The spiders are coming to a library near you!  Explorit Science Center is pleased to partner with the Yolo County libraries to provide a unique, hands-on spider experience as part of the Community Science Project: Spiders in Your World.

Explorit educators will be visiting all eight branches of the Yolo County library this fall with fun, engaging spider activities.  A few members of our live spider collection will also be tagging along.

Each Splendid Spiders library event will include a hands-on spider lesson, spider story time, activity stations and take-home projects, and visits from live spiders.  You could find out how spiders are different from insects or what a spider eats for breakfast. 

Perhaps we’ll use spaghetti noodles to simulate how an orb weaver spider lays out its web.  Or maybe we’ll identify the stages of development in a spider’s life cycle and assemble them into a book to take home.  Activities will vary, so be sure to come see us at different branches.

Our first library visit will be Wednesday, September 19 at the Clarksburg library (52915 Netherlands Rd.).  Join us from 6:30-7:30 pm for some splendid spider fun.  A complete list of Explorit’s library events can be found at http://www.explorit.org/csp/events or check with your local branch library.  Event times will vary.

This library partnership is just one part of Explorit’s first Community Science Project: Spiders in Your World.  There are lots of ways to get involved.

One aspect of the project involves experiments you can participate in at home to help us study spider behavior and the effects of climate change.  Visit http://www.explorit.org/csp/experiments to register or learn more.

Or help us map the distribution of spiders in Yolo County.  When you encounter a spider in your yard, in your bathroom, anywhere, take a picture, record your observations and share your findings at http://www.whereismyspider.com/pages/1.htm.

If you’re of a more literary persuasion, check out our Web of Words.  Join us in a community book reading, or provide an original poem or story to share on our website.  Find out more at http://www.explorit.org/csp/wow.

And no one will want to miss our Fall Family Festival all about spiders.  On Saturday, October 13 the spiders will be taking over Explorit Science Center for a special afternoon of games, fun, and hands-on exploration.  Save the date and stay tuned for further details.

Explorit’s Community Science Project offers something for everyone, of any age.  From scientific experiments and data collection to original literary creations to family-friendly fun, join Explorit in discovering the spiders in your world.

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Explorit’s events:

• Explorit invites you to write spidery stories or poems and submit them for publication on the Explorit website. This is a great way for teachers to inspire students to turn their science knowledge about spiders into creative writing. See www.explorit.org/csp/wow 

• Join us October 6, 2012 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for the opening of our new exhibit Beyond the Table: A Look at Agriculture and You.   

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

 
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