• Fireworks in a Jar for Kids

    by  • July 4, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Fireworks in gold, red, and blue against a black sky

    If you’ve got kids who want to shoot off fireworks, but they’re not quite old enough for that yet, check out this cool experiment called “Fireworks in a Jar.” With items you’ve probably got in your kitchen, you can make a mini fireworks display without the “fire” portion of that spectacle. For slightly more...

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    Awesome Finds: S.P.I.R.I.T.

    by  • July 3, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Sample illustrated page from S.P.I.R.I.T. showing three female characters driving to a cemetery

    We love comics that feature female protagonists and science, so it’s no surprise that we’re excited for S.P.I.R.I.T.! The Kickstarter describes this comic as “a 24-page full-color comic about a group of teen girl ghost hunters. Mary, Ada and Jane are the scientific paranormal incident research investigation team or S.P.I.R.I.T.! The team uses science to...

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    Previous Libraries and Vampires We’ve Explored

    by  • July 2, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Rounded library reading room at the Maughan Library

    We’ve published several stories about libraries and vampires. If you enjoyed Monday’s story, here are some more you might like! “A Last Minute Message to the Youth” by Brodie Lowe (how to deal with a vampire problem) “Is the Vampire Diet Healthy?” by E. B. Fischadler (evaluating the nutritious qualities of blood) (available in...

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    Fiction: Off the Shelf

    by  • July 1, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Memos from Yvonne Kulas, as provided by Kathryn Yelinek Art by America Jones To all staff, Abbottsville Public Library Subject: September missing books list Writing Your Perfect Online Dating Profile by Mindi Pepperberg. 306.7302 P294W Date missing: 9/27/2017 Note: Only one book reported missing this month! ~

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    Strange Science: Siberian Unicorns

    by  • June 28, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Artist interpretation of a siberian unicorn in bright colors

    Back in 2012, we published a story about carnivorous unicorns. While the Elasmotherium sibericum was an herbivore, it may have been just as cool as, if not cooler than, these fictitious carnivorous unicorns. The E. sibericum was more closely related to the modern-day rhinoceros than a horse, but it had a prominent horn that...

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    Alumni Write Epic Fantasy and More

    by  • June 26, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Stone bridge over a still river in a woodland setting

    Several anthologies have announced their tables of contents recently, and we’re pleased to see our alumni in them! Two of our alumni have stories forthcoming in Flame Tree Publishing’s Epic Fantasy anthology. Both Lucinda Gunnin and Wendy Nikel were recently announced as among the authors selected for this anthology, which will be released in...

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    Summer 2019 Out Now!

    by  • June 25, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Longevity and inspiration through music, super-human abilities, and alternative educational methods. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book. Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2019 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from A....

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    Fiction: The Fae Catcher’s Tale

    by  • June 24, 2019 • 0 Comments

    Art for "The Fae Catcher's Tale"

    An account by Hunter, as provided by Kiyomi Appleton Gaines Art by Leigh Legler The following account was provided to me by an individual identifying himself only as Hunter, and “problem solver of a more cryptic nature, if you catch my meaning.” I approached him in a tavern and presented myself as representing a...

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