Contra Costa County Libraries to host life science themed community events

Sat, October 22, 2016

The interactive, science-based festival includes presenters, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. The events are free and open to library guests of all ages.

Guests include the Oakland Zoo with some animals to help library patrons learn about animal senses and body parts. The Aquarium of the Bay is bringing a touch tank where guests will be able to reach in and touch the invertebrates. And the Insect Lab will allow patrons to touch, hold and learn about some creepy, crawly friends.

Guests will enjoy hands-on activities like DNA extraction kits with Bio-Rad, leaf rubbing, dissecting owl pellets, building bird houses and making clay fossils.

"Libraries are places to read and to learn beyond the pages of a book," said Pittsburg Community Library Manager Ginny Golden. "Many of our library events are interactive and engage all five senses for a more complete learning experience."

This year the Contra Costa County Library is celebrating a Year of STEAM. Programming at all 26 library locations across the county is focused on engaging students and library visitors in new, fun activities designed to introduce them to science, technology, engineering, art and math.

As part of the celebration this fall, the Contra Costa County Library is hosting three Exploration Stations at library branches around the county. Each will have a different theme.

Exploration Station #1
Saturday, September 17
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Pittsburg Library
80 Power Avenue
Theme: Life Science

Exploration Station #2
Saturday, October 22
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Orinda Library
26 Orinda Way
Theme: Rad tech
Learn about flying drones, building robots and virtual reality.

Exploration Station #3
Saturday, November 19
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hercules Library
109 Civic Drive
Theme: Earth and space science
Look at the sun through a solar telescope, pan for gold and make your own space helmet.

To learn more about the Exploration Stations and the Year of STEAM, please visit

For general questions about the event, please call the Pittsburg Library at (925) 427-8390.

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