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Libraries offer kids Chemists-in-the-Library program

An 8-year-old in our family is a budding chemist, although he doesn’t see his ambitions in quite those terms. Andrew is obsessed with Harry Potter and, by extension, with potions. He’s intensely curious about any basic substance that might be stirred into his magical mixtures.

Now Twin Cities’ kids can get a glimpse at their local public libraries of many more wonders for them to explore in chemistry. The Chemists-in-the-Library program — sponsored by the American Chemical Society, Minnesota Section — offers activities at different libraries for the next several months.

The program doesn’t make specific connections to the Potter series. But it does include experiments with such Potter-ish subjects as magic ink, beads and critters that glow in the dark.

Volunteer chemistry students, teachers and professionals will be on hand to help kids with the hands-on chemistry activities. The program is designed for kids ages 6 and up.

The next event is on Feb. 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Merriam Park Branch Library, 1831 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-642-0385.

And here are details for the following two months: March 20, Pierre Bottineau Community Library, 55 Broadway St. NE., Minneapolis, 612-630-6891; and April 17, Sumner Community Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd., Minneapolis, 612-630-6393.

For information about programs beyond those dates, contact Phillipe Buhlmann or go here.

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