Libraries call for gadgets

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Have you got an old or weird gadget lying around that you would like to show off to the world?

Then Oban Library would like to hear from you for a mini exhibition during its Summer Reading Challenge.

‘We are asking that you donate – for the summer only – any gadgets you have lying around your home that have a science theme from the past,’ said library supervisor Jean Cunningham, ‘but also any tech items such as floppy discs, original Gameboys, Sony Walkman, old mobile phones or house phones. Remember the trim phone? We promise to take good care of any donated items.’

The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual reading programme which aims to tackle the summer reading ‘dip’ by encouraging children aged four to 11 years to read for pleasure over the summer holidays. Children are invited to accept the challenge of setting a reading target, for which they will receive a reward at the end. The theme for this year’s challenge is ‘Gadgeteers’.

Through taking part in the challenge, with free packs from public libraries or on the challenge’s website, children will be able to join six fictional ‘Gadgeteers.’ The characters use their curiosity and wonder to understand the science behind a range of interests from fashion and technology to cooking and music. The characters and artwork have been created by children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford.

The Gadgeteer character James loves to draw and design clothes, so all Argyll and Bute Council libraries are inviting their young members to enter a drawing competition. There are two options – you can design an item of clothing, like James, or you can design a gadget, all from your own imagination. Just hand your entry to a member of the library team and they will display it throughout the summer.

At the end of the Summer Reading Challenge, a winner will be chosen from the entries in each of the libraries. The winner will receive a fantastic book ‘Unmasked – The Science of Superheroes’.

Oban Library will be hosting an event to celebrate all things science and gadgets on July 7 from 2-4pm. The event is suitable for all ages – library members, families and friends.

Then hold onto your hats, because later in the month there will be a ‘Science Explosions Event’ on July 28 from 2.30-3.30pm. ‘Calling all would be scientists out there!’ said LiveArgyll, the charitable company that runs council libraries.

‘Our Science Explosion events will last for a fun-filled hour when young scientists can enjoy and explore, from slime labs to exploding volcanoes and more. The event is suitable for primary 3 to primary seven aged children.’

Families are also invited to come along and enjoy science themed activities and games and it is all free.