Our Changing Planet

June 2-July 27, 2018


Hands-on exhibit and free programs

for kids, teens, families, and adults.


Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet is an interactive, all-ages exhibition that explores local earth science topics such as weather, the water cycle, and how changes in our local ecosystem impact the global environment. Crandall Public Library was selected to be one of eight sites nationwide to host this exhibit, which will be in the Literature Room on the 2nd floor of the Library, from June 2, 2018 until July 27, 2018.


Open House Kick-Off Event on June 2, 2018 from 10am-2pm


Visit the Explore Earth Exhibit Be the first to view the exhibit, interactive kiosk, & discovery tables
10am-2pm All ages 2nd Floor-Literature Room

Take the Nature/Fitness Trail Take a walk & learn about the plants in City Park
10am-2pm All ages City Park

Enjoy Refreshments Earth friendly snacks
10am-2pm All ages Holden Room

You Can Make a Difference: Help the Planet, our Wildlife, and You  Ecology Program with Beth Bidwell
10:30am-11:30am Ages 5+ Children’s Activity Room A & B

Spin the Wheel Trivia • Test your knowledge of the Earth
11:30am-12:30pm • Adults • 2nd Floor- Literature Room

PBS Movies on the Big Screen Showing of The Polar Explorer (2011, 52 min.), Climate of Doubt (2012, 54 min.), and Decoding the Weather Machine (2018, 114 min.)
10am-2pm Adults Community Room

Enjoy additional free programs this summer for kids, families, and adults in conjunction with the Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet exhibit.

Programs for Kids

STEM PrincessesRegistration required • Explore STEM activities with your favorite princesses
June 8, 2018 • 3:30pm-4:30pm • Ages 7-11

Artblast! • Art project exploring rocks, minerals, and fossils
June 12, 2018 • 3:30pm-4:30pm • Entering Grades 1+

Explore Climate ChangeRegistration required* Learn more about the impact of climate change
July 2, 2018 • 2:00pm-3:00pm • Ages 8-12

The DirtmeisterRegistration required* • Interactive Earth science program
July 10, 2018 • 2:00pm-2:50pm • Ages 4-12

Turtles, Tigers, and Bees, Oh My!Registration required* Explore your personal ecosystem
July 12, 2018 • 10:30am-11:30am • Entering Grades 1-3

Pond ExplorationRegistration required* • Hands-on activities to learn about pond life
July 20, 2018 • 10:30am-11:30am • Entering Grades 1-3

Programs for Families

Kid/Parent Book Club • Read & discuss Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King
June 6, 2018 • 6:00pm-7:00pm • Grades 5 & 6

Extreme Weather and ErosionRegistration required* Hands-on water cycle demonstration
July 17, 2018 • 3:30pm-4:30pm • Ages 6-12

Programs for Adults

Make a TerrariumRegistration required • Learn about ecosystems and make your own terrarium
June 9, 2018 • 9:30am-11:00am

Enviromedics • Learn about the impact of climate change on human health with local author Jay Lemery, MD
July 2, 2018 • 6:30pm

Gardening for Climate Change • Learn best practices for a low-maintenance garden
July 18, 2018 • 6:30pm

Make a Terrarium • Second date added! Registration required • Learn about ecosystems and make your own terrarium

June 19, 2018 • 6:00pm-8:30pm

*Registration for these programs begins on June 25, 2018 at 9:05am

Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet, a traveling exhibition for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and Afterschool Alliance. Explore Earth is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Additional programming support by National Grid.

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