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'I Survived': STEAM Learning from Historical Events

Display of books about sharks and a laptop

Based on the popular book series “I Survived” by Lauren Tarshis, this program connected STEAM activities to historic events, natural disasters and other topics. Tweens (ages 8 to 12) visited various stations, where they played with a "tornado in a bottle," made aluminum foil boats, learned about sharks and more.

TEDxYDL: 'Invent. Create. Change.'

Speaker at TedxYDL next to PowerPoint presentation

TED talks — Technology, Education, Design — are an international phenomenon where speakers share big ideas in short, inspiring speeches. TEDxYDL (Ypsilanti District Library) is an independently organized event in the spirit of TED talks. The audience hears from local speakers on a variety of topics around the theme "Invent. Create. Change."


Cosplayers in costume, holding light sabers

MegaMania is an annual event that aims to bring educational aspects of comic book and cosplay culture to youth who may not otherwise have access to large comic cons. Though planned primarily for teens, people of all ages are welcome to attend and explore cosplay opportunities, gaming demonstrations, local author panels, art workshops and more.

Magical Grandparents

playing cards on a table

Teach grandparents to amaze and entertain their grandchildren with a few simple magic tricks.

At the South Sioux City Public Library, we encourage our staff and volunteers to share their unique talents and interests with our patrons through programs. In my 45 years as an amateur magician, I have found that kids are amazed and delighted by simple magic tricks. Our library has offered kids' magic classes for a while; Magical Grandparents was an outgrowth of that idea.


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