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Ak-Chin Indian Community Library features fun Science and Japan Pop Club programs for youth

The Ak-Chin Indian Community Library offers mind-blowing experiences for youth, including science fun, and opportunities to learn more about Japan.

Ak-Chin Library offers fun science, Japan programs

The Ak-Chin Indian Community Library offers mind-blowing experiences for youth, including science, fun, and opportunities to learn more about Japan.
Mad Science Mondays aim to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) programs for youth. According to library technician Matthew Cross, research shows that our country faces a shortage of skilled individuals with backgrounds, and degrees in STEAM fields. The library’s Mad Science activities strive to get kids excited about these fields at a young age. Leaders guide youth through fun science-related projects. Recent experiments included estimating the height a ball will bounce from many different heights and creating concoctions including slime, putty, and bouncy balls from various solutions. Youth also get to experiment with 3D pens and electronic prototyping boards, items the library received through generous funding from the Ak-Chin Indian Community Council.
The Ak-Chin Indian Community Library hosts Mad Science Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. during summer break. While it’s geared toward youth age 9 and up, younger children can be paired with older youth or siblings if needed. Mad Science has averaged about 8 participants each week over the last six years.
Library offers mind-blowing programsAnother library program, Japan Pop Club offers the chance to learn more about Japanese culture and entertainment. Founder Robin Vincent, a member of the Ak-Chin Indian Community, started the group in 2016. Participants might dabble in learning Japanese and they can also find out more about Japan’s literature, visual arts, performing arts, cuisine and pop culture. In March 2017, the Japan Pop Club hosted an event called “Hanami,” a flower-viewing festival. Another popular event was the haunted house. “Kimodameshi” is a test of courage, which inspired the haunted house creation. Three connected rooms made participants unsure of their next steps as they walked further in. Look for another haunted house later this year! The club is also looking for volunteers to help with the haunted house. Attend an upcoming meeting to learn more.
Library programs offer mind-blowing funJapan Pop Club events are free, and the group meets on Saturdays from 12 to 2 p.m. year-round. Attendance is open to anyone interested in learning more about Japan, especially youth 10 and older!
Through these and other events, the Ak-Chin Indian Community Library brings youth, and their families to enjoy its resources. Call 520-568-1675 for more information about library programs.

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