Local readers learn super-hero science at ´Summer @ Your Library'

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / June 16, 2015) – What would heroes and villains be without their own special powers? Superman has x-ray vision. Ghostrider breathes fire. Daredevil employs echolocation. And Marvel’s Squirrel Girl is gifted with squirrel-human telepathy and the ability to process macadamia nuts into extra strength.

These powers may seem otherworldly, but here on earth, those powers still must align with the laws of science. This upcoming week, Mad Science and Science Museum Oklahoma visit Stillwater Public Library June 23-24 to demonstrate the science behind some of these intriguing powers.

“The science demonstrations are some of the most popular programs of the year,” said Elizabeth Murray, children’s librarian. “The ‘scientists’ just have very engaging ways of bringing the awe and mystery of science to light.”

madscienceOn Tuesday, Mad Science will explain "The Science of Super Heroes” during the children’s reading programs at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The scientists will explore the extraordinary superhuman abilities of everyone’s favorite superheroes and demonstrate the science behind how they work. Kids will learn how superheroes bend water, defy gravity and use electrostatic forces, air pressure and sound waves to create amazing powers.

On Wednesday, the science turns to exploring villains. Science Museum Oklahoma presents “The Science of Supervillains” for young adults in the “Unmask!” reading program.

“There’s something mysterious and intriguing about supervillains,” said Emily States, teen librarian. “They usually start out as good guys who have something go very terribly wrong, and they always have an interesting background story. As Sheldon always says on The Big Bang Theory, ‘It’s amazing how many super villains have advanced degrees. Graduate schools should do a better job of screening those people out.’”

With hands-on science activities, teens will learn to manipulate magnetic fields like Magneto and build their own Sentinel. While one group of teens attends this Supervillains workshop, the other group will get to play with robots brought by OSU’s Mechanical Engineering Department.

“So many teens are interested in robots, video games, etc. and are interested in knowing how things work and how to build things themselves,” said States. “Science, villains, and robots? Sounds pretty epic to me.”

The program begins at 2:30 p.m. and is open to students who are going into 6-12 grades.

On Thursday, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., “Summer Cinema @ the Library” presents a Disney film about world-famous air racer Dusty who joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger to battle a massive wildfire. For the specific movie title, please call the Help Desk at 405-372-3633 x8106.

All ages are welcome to the PG rated show. Popcorn will be provided and participants are encouraged to bring their water bottles.

Adults are encouraged to sign up for the adult summer program, now in its third week. Nearly 100 adults have joined the program which provides chances to win weekly and an end of summer prize for people who complete library activities. Sign-up is available at the Help Desk.

Major “Summer @ Your Library” sponsors include Friends of the Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Public Library Trust, Chris’ University Spirit, KOSU, OK Quality Printing, Inc., U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Arvest, Cockrell Eye Care Center, Monty Harper, Sonic, Sylvan Learning Center, Young Professionals of Stillwater and Wal-Mart. Please visit the library website for a full list of sponsors.

For more information about upcoming summer programs, contact the Stillwater Public Library by phone at (405) 372-3633 or by e-mail at askalibrarian@stillwater.org, or visit the web site at http://library.stillwater.org.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).