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Left, Dr. Ben Martin, a chemistry professor at Texas State University, performs an experiment with the assistance of  Gabriel Martinez at the San Marcos Public Library.

 

Crazy Chemistry: Texas State professor spurs kids' interest in science

LORI STEINDORF

Features Editor

 

Texas State University chemistry professor Dr. Ben Martin will convert part of the library into a giant chemistry lab this Friday to families’ amazement.

Geared for children 3 and older, Crazy Chemistry’s Martin will share science secrets with chemical experiments that change color, blow bubbles and burst into flame. 

Friday’s show begins at 10:30 a.m. Martin’s wizardry is known to conjure positive feedback. 

Photo by Lori Steindorf/San Marcos Daily Record

 

Left, Deborah Carter and Emily Bradford of the San Marcos Public Library go over how to access the library’s eBook collection on Carter’s iPhone.

 

Library offers online learning odyssey: Number of free services available to residents with valid library cards

LORI STEINDORF

Features Editor

 

A virtual universe of entertaining and educational materials awaits library patrons year-round, and all that’s needed to take advantage of these free services is a library card, online access and a password.

The Overdrive eBook Help program is facilitated by library assistant Emily Bradford and acquaints residents with downloading eBooks on their mobile devices. 

Auditions for Clare Booth Luce’s classic play and film “The Women” will be held on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. in the historic 1910 Room at the Price Center for a fall run of the play.  (The Price Center)

Divas wanted for 'The Women'

Auditions for Clare Booth Luce’s classic play and film “The Women” will be held on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. in the historic 1910 Room at the Price Center for a fall run of the play.  

Actresses ranging in age from 9 to 80 years old are needed to fill a variety of colorful roles.  

Rehearsals will begin in mid-August on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons in Wimberley. 

In “Texas Snakes,” Alan Tennant discusses cottonmouth myths. (www.creativeoutlet.com)

 

Answers To Go with Susan Smith: Learn more about cottonmouths

Each week hundreds of people call or visit the San Marcos Public Library to find information. "Answers To Go" highlights recently received questions. Please visit the library at 625 E. Hopkins St., call 512-393-8200 for information over the phone, or email us through our webpage at www.sanmarcostx.gov/library.

Q. How aggressive are cottonmouths? Part 2.

Scarlet Ibis (www.audubon.org)

Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: Trinidad birding is a must

If you have never experienced tropical birding, let me recommend a trip to Trinidad-Tobago, specifically to Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad.

Asa Wright is housed in a big old house with nice, clean rooms and a wonderful dining room where the serving ladies will cater to your epicurean desires.  

I asked if they could prepare the national dish of Trinidad, which is “pelau,” a thick stew combining rice, chicken and assorted veggies.  The ladies had it ready for lunch the next day, and it was delicious.

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