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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In recent years, American puppetry has been growing as an art form and is turning up at places like the Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, on Broadway, in TV commercials and in film as character and CGI effects. A puppeteer brings life to a character with the magic of the human hand which is controlled by the brain. The brain sends signals down the arm and into the muscles of the palm, telling it to move the finger joints, much like the strings of a marionette!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Technology is amazing. We have sent people to the moon. We have robots on Mars that we can control from Earth, and we have sent probes outside the limits of the solar system. I will repeat that: humans have left the bounds of planet Earth and walked on another globe floating through space! We have sent objects to the outer limits of the solar system, and they still send messages back to us!


Friday, March 28, 2014

If you could invite any famous person in history or in the world over to your house for dinner, who would it be?  What would you talk about?  Would you have some burning questions that you hoped the person would answer for you? 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Do you or your friends have pets that give you breakfast? Would you like one? (And no, we are not talking bacon.) Well, then the next few weeks are for you! Austin is celebrating all things chicken honoring the sixth anniversary of The Funky Chicken Coop Tour. The Austin Public Library is joining in on the fun

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Have you heard the saying that "everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day?" Here in the U.S. that's not far from the truth: 34.1 million U.S. residents claimed Irish ancestry in the 2012 census. That's more than seven times the population of Ireland itself!


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