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Make: technology on your time3D Printing with Autodesk by John BiehlerRaspberry Pi for Dummies by Sean McManusHow to build a hovercraft by Stephen Voltz

DIY, STEM, STEAM, it's the latest acronyms that you see in the news, blogs, and even at your child's school.  Want to get on the bandwagon?  I recommend taking a look at some of these books and magazine.

How to Build a Hovercraft: air cannons, magnet motors, and 25 other amazing DIY science projects by Stephen Voltz & Fritz Grobe.  These guys are famous for creating fountains of foam using Diet Coke and Mentos.  They've now written a book chock full of fun projects to do with the kids.  You can learn how to build a hovercraft out of materials found in your garage.  Other projects include the self-crushing can, a bar of soap that becomes a mound of foam in seconds and the multiple paper plane launcher.

Make : technology on your time is published by Maker Media.  The website MAKE covers electronics, crafts, science, art & design and workshop.   In the magazine, you'll learn about Raspberry Pi, Arduino, 3D printing, drones, photography and much more.  The back issues of the magazine, which can be checked out, are located on the first floor of the library.

3D Printing with Autodesk by John Biehler will show you how to use this computer software to design your own stuff to print on a 3D printer.  3D printers are becoming cheaper for individuals to purchase for their homes.  If you stop at the 2nd floor Reference Desk, you'll see the word READ that was made with a 3D printer.  It's the new wave of manufacturing.

Would like a computer, but can't afford one?  Try a Raspberry Pi.  It's a very small computer that's cost around $40.  The library has a few books about this computer and how to program it.

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Animal Adoption

One Big Happy Family by LIsa Rogak
"One Big Happy Family"
by Lisa Rogak tells about animal adoption with a twist - the animals themselves are doing the adopting.  Some of the stories that will pull at your heartstrings are a boxer and a kid goat, a great dane and his fawn and the unbelievable combination of a lioness and antelope calf.  Each story is accompanied by a picture of the unusual partnership.  According to John C. Wright, "It's not unusual for animals to be nurturing towards any species.  The instinct to care for another animal can be hormonal, or simply related to age."   For all animal lovers.

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50 Children

50 Children by Steven Pressman
50 Children : one ordinary American couple's extraordinary rescue mission into the heart of Nazi Germany
by Steven Pressman is a powerful read.  It is an amazing true story of a couple who wouldn't give up when others said they would not be able to bring 50 Jewish children to the United States.  A Jewish lawyer, Gilbert Kraus and his wife Eleanor travel to Nazi-controlled Vienna to rescue the children.  Follow them as they travel between Vienna and Berlin to obtain the necessary paperwork, interview parents and their children and make the heart wrenching decisions of who will leave with them.  Some of the parents knew they may never see their child again, but wanted them to leave the horror of what may be in their future.

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The Secret Rooms

The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey
For those who love both mysteries and history, this book "The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret is a wonderful find.  Catherine Bailey went to Belvoir Castle to use the letters of the Manners Family in writing about the effect of the Great War on the Leicestershire homefront.  What she found was a six-month-long gap in the letters of John, the eldest son and future duke of Rutland, who was serving with the 4th Leicesters near Ypres.  As she searched for an explanation, she found two other gaps.  What was the duke trying to hide?  Ms. Bailey, takes us on her search for answers, providing a fascinating example of how historians work.

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