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Yes, kids can learn a lot about the property of surface tension and Newton's laws of motion by reading a big, fat textbook, but what if they could see science in action?

Upcoming programs at Worthington Libraries may produce scintillating scientific insights, but the best part is that kids will have so much fun, they won't even realize they're learning.

For young minds overflowing with questions comes the Old Worthington Library (820 High St.) program, Bubble Science & Fun. This outdoor event, which will be canceled in the event of rain, will address any bubble-related issue participants choose to float past library staff, like: Are all bubbles round? Can you build with bubbles?

Bubble Science is scheduled for July 6 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Two sessions of Touch a Bug are planned this summer, one at Old Worthington Library at 2 p.m. July 9, and the other at Worthington Park Library (1389 Worthington Centre Drive) at 2:30 p.m. July 17. Those attending will skitter, slither, flit and fly through bug-themed stories and songs, then enjoy a visit from some creepy crawlies, courtesy of the Ohio State University Department of Entomology.

Venus Flytraps may be the most famous -- or infamous -- carnivorous plant, but it certainly isn't the only one! During Science Cafe, which will start at 2 p.m. July 15, kids can get up close and personal with other captivating carnivores.

Free tickets are required for this Old Worthington Library program, which is presented in partnership with OSU Libraries and Sigma Xi-OSU chapter. They will be available at the children's desk one week in advance.

Kitchens are almost as cool as a laboratory, and on July 24, kids ages 6-8 will find out why. During Kitchen Science, they'll use ordinary household items, like pennies, vinegar and aluminum and learn what makes boats float and how soap gets things clean.

Worthington Park Library will host Kitchen Science at 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Dave and his Whiz Bang Science Show will return to Northwest Library (2280 Hard Road) this summer and on July 29, shine the spotlight of science on sports. His program, presented in partnership with OSU Libraries and Sigma Xi-OSU chapter, will start at 7 p.m.

Kids section of the library's website, worthingtonlibraries.org/ kids/earlyliteracy. You can also talk to one of the experts in the children's department of any Worthington Libraries location.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.

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