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National Moon Day

Tuesday, July 20, 2021, is National Moon Day and the 52nd anniversary of when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. The day is also to celebrate future launches into space, which you can learn about on NASA’s website here.  Photo by NASA on Unsplash To celebrate National Moon Day, try one of the activities on the blog, STEMsational. They have…

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Magicicada septendecim (cicada)


You may have been hearing a lot about the emergence of periodical cicadas this year.  It is an exciting year for those in the range for this year’s emergence. Here is a little info about these unique insects.   What is a periodical cicada?  Periodical Cicadas have a life cycle that lasts either 13 or 17 years, and all of them in an…

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moon phases

STEAM Saturday: Celebrate Astronomy Day

Saturday, May 15, 2021 is Astronomy Day! This day is a great time to learn more about astronomy and do fun activities inside or outside.   Astronomy is the study of the universe beyond the Earth including the sun, moon, stars, and more. To learn more about astronomy, use your MPPL library card to access the many web resources…

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tissue paper cherry blossom craft

Arbor Day Activities

Arbor Day is on Friday, April 30. It is an annual holiday encouraging people to plant and care for trees. It was initiated by Julius Sterling Morton, President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture in 1872. The Arbor Day Foundation's Kids Corner is full of printable activities, digital games, and resources. Leaf ID Game: Can you…

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two little boys reaching into a pond in a park

STEAM Saturday: Water Pollution Experiment

Water that you find in nature is not necessarily clean or pure; you would not want to drink pond water, for example. There are ways to clean water, though, and you can try this experiment at home! First, take a clean jar with a lid and fill it with water from a lake, pond, stream,…

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chicken eggs of various shades of white and brown

Maker Monday: Egg Experiments & Facts

Eggs Eggs are an incredible adaptation that allow birds to stay light and able to fly while their babies are growing.  Bird eggs are covered in a shell with lots of tiny holes.  These allow air and moisture to pass through.  Eggs are also covered in a coating that keeps out bacteria and dust.  To see the parts of an egg…

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Monty the MPPL duck with his winter reading badges

Winter Reading Badges

Look at all those badges! Monty the Mount Prospect Duck has been busy reading and doing activities for Winter Reading. You have until February 28 to try to earn as many (or more) badges than Monty! Which ones are your favorites? Attend a virtual event Chill out & read Listen to a story Warm up…

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How is Maple Syrup Made book cover

Maple Syrup Season

Beginning in the middle of February and stretching into mid March, the Sugar Maple trees begin to prepare for spring by sending sap up to their branches to fuel the spring growth.  This is one of the first signs of spring in the forest and marks maple syrup season.  On days where the nights are freezing and the days are…

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Homemade ice cream ingredients.

STEAM Saturday: Ice Experiments

Did you know that salt lowers the temperature of ice water? To see this process happen, try making ice cream with only a few ingredients. Materials Needed: 1 Gallon Zip Bag 2 Sandwich Zip Bags 1/3 Cup Rock Salt 1/2 Cup Whole Milk 1 Tablespoon Sugar 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract Ice (enough to fill 1/2…

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Panda bear with its arms around a tree branch on the ground.

Animal Web Cams

Animals are amazing and you can learn so much by watching them at zoos, in their natural habitats, reading books, and looking up information about them with our web resources. Live Web Cams and livestreams are a great way to see animals while staying home this winter. These cameras are mounted in animal enclosures and near animals’ habitats in…

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