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Upcoming events at the Estacada library will connect youths with hands-on activities

Attendees of an upcoming event at the Estacada Public Library will be able to familiarize themselves with the moon.

One of the events during the library's Summer Learning Week, scheduled from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, will encourage attendees to create moon craters by dropping objects into flour.

Along with the moon exploration on Tuesday, July 9, activities will also include creating balloon rockets on Monday, July 8; creating aliens from LED lights on Wednesday, July 10; building stomp rockets on Thursday, July 11; and creating constellation viewers on Friday, July 12.

Programs will focus on science to tie in with the Estacada's library summer reading program, which is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing on July 20, 1969.

Though this is the first year the library has hosted a summer learning week, they held a STEAM week during spring break earlier this year.

Deborah VanDetta of

the Estacada Public Library is excited about the new tradition.

"Anytime (children) have the opportunity to think about how and why something works is good," she said, adding that Summer Learning Week will present many chances to do this. "It's really easy to ask, 'if you try it this way, what will happen?"

VanDetta is eager to make an engaging environment in which children can connect with new information.

"It makes learning an easier process," she said.


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