What Food for Thought is Doing
What we are doing:
- We are putting up an art exhibit that has some of our artwork and the art work of the community in it.
- We are looking for artwork donations that can be put into the exhibit.
- Due to flooding there was no meeting, however we are hopeful to continue working on the escape room on the next meeting in Febuary
December Meeting 2017
- We started out with having a book swap, where each person described their book without saying its name
- then we drew for each book
- Then Jill brought in the new YA December books and showed them around, come check them out at the library
- Jill showed us what the new carpet for the library will look like
- We got started on the plans for the escape room
- The main group was split into two groups, where each worked on coming of with riddles and clues that would be used in the escape room
- We did another Spaghetti and marshmallow tower competition. This one turned out to be better than the previous, groups were more focused and built taller and sturdier structures. We did girls vs. boys. The boys ended up beating out the girls at the last minute. the girls had had the tallest structure up to the very end where they had a malfunction with a marshmallow. The rules where that they could only use the materials provided and that they had to do it in 20 min.
- We then had pizza and talked about ways to improve the library.
- We discussed the purpose of Food For Thought
- We looked at the incoming DCF and Dorothy's list Books
- We made acrostic poems, and others free drawled
- We made a list and came up ideas for the Summer Reading Program
- A debate on Harry Potter took place
- We decided that next that the next meeting we will have another spaghetti and marshmallow building contest, but this time outside.
- Next meeting is the last one until next September!
- We made movie posters for our favorite books, myths and characters
- We made examples of paper flowers for an upcoming program
- Some of the kids maid more media displays for the TV
- We talked about new and better ways to organize the series lists so we use less paper and are able to keep it up to date
- We did a Blob in a Bottle experiment
You will need
- A clean 1 liter clear soda bottle
- 3/4 cup of water
- Vegetable Oil
- Fizzing tablets (such as Alka Seltzer)
- Food coloring
What to do
- Pour the water into the bottle.
- Use a measuring cup or funnel to slowly pour the vegetable oil into the bottle until it’s almost full. You may have to wait a few minutes for the oil and water separate.
- Add 10 drops of food coloring to the bottle (we like red, but any color will look great.) The drops will pass through the oil and then mix with the water below.
- Break a seltzer tablet in half and drop the half tablet into the bottle. Watch it sink to the bottom and let the blobby greatness begin!
- To keep the effect going, just add another tablet piece. For a true lava lamp effect, shine a flashlight through the bottom of the bottle.
How does it work?To begin, the oil stays above the water because the oil is lighter than the water or, more specifically, less dense than water. The oil and water do not mix because of something called “intermolecular polarity.” That term is fun to bring up in dinner conversation. Molecular polarity basically means that water molecules are attracted to other water molecules. They get along fine, and can loosely bond together (drops.) This is similar to magnets that are attracted to each other. Oil molecules are attracted to other oil molecules, they get along fine as well. But the structures of the two molecules do not allow them to bond together. Of course, there’s a lot more fancy scientific language to describe density and molecular polarity, but maybe now you’ll at least look at that vinegrette salad dessing in a whole new way.
When you added the tablet piece, it sank to the bottom and started dissolving and creating a gas. As the gas bubbles rose, they took some of the colored water with them. When the blob of water reached the top, the gas escaped and down went the water. Cool, huh? By the way, you can store your “Blobs In A Bottle” with the cap on, and then anytime you want to bring it back to life, just add another tablet piece.
- A member of Food For Though is doing a Photography Club here at the Library and he invites you to come in and learn how to take good pictures.
- We discussed how to keep Series up to date.
- We looked at the new YA books coming in for January.
- We talked about the Photography club that will be taken place this month and into the next couple coming months.
- We started the creation of a recommendation book list
- We created Found Poems:
- We will be discussing the books that we have read from the book swap and putting together part of the art exhibit.
- We will be building spaghetti towers using dry spaghetti and mini marshmallows.
- We made plans for the artwork exhibit
- We also extracted DNA out of strawberries. We did this by following the procedure from Scientific America.