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Science Saturday, Storytime Draw Crowds
Jordan Reading, also known as The Science Wizard demonstrates the highly flammable properties of hydrogen during an appearance for Science Saturday at the Escalon Library, with a young volunteer in the background reacting to the fireball.Times Photos By Marg Jackson

The Escalon Library was a very busy place this past week, with a ground hog-themed Storytme session on Thursday and plenty of fun and experiments at Science Saturday.

For the Saturday show, Science Wizard Jordan Reading brought in a number of common household items to showcase the many experiments that can be done by kids of all ages. A few would definitely require adult supervision, but attendees learned how certain chemicals interact with each other, along with the power of air and how to harness and channel energy.

From the fiery explosion of a balloon to a volunteer riding on air across the library floor, Reading kept the kids – and their parents – entertained for nearly a full hour of science wizardry.

Funded by the Friends of the Escalon Library, the Science Saturdays are offered the first Saturday of the month at noon and are designed to focus on science and math through activities, experiments and guest appearances.

Thursday’s Storytime – on Feb. 2 – was the perfect time to focus on Groundhog Day, with library assistant Amanda Clifford offering up several stories on the topic and also overseeing a craft project for the young attendees. Storytime is offered every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers, preschoolers and their adult chaperones.

A special program coming up next week will be Valentine’s Day Cookies and Cards, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Families are welcome to come and create their own special Valentine’s Day cards and decorate sugar cookies in the library’s community room.

Ongoing programs also include the Tuesday afternoon knitting club, starting at 1 p.m.; Adult Coloring Club each Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.; and Makerspace on Thursdays for kids 10 and older, 4  p.m.