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Learn about your planet through interactive hands-on activities!

The Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet exhibit
will be on display at the library April 1-May 20.

Plus, we'll have programs for kids, teens, and adults
through April and May.

Explore Earth Kick-off Event

The Magic of Planet Earth: Cycles, Civilizations, & How They Work Together

Saturday, April 1, 11:00 am

Come to the library and learn how to do magic with illusionist and eco-entertainer Steve Trash! Not just any old magic, but the best kind: Earth Science-themed magic tricks!  Kids will  perform (and take home!) several cool magic tricks while also learning about the Earth. Great for kids 7-11 and their families. Sponsored by Keep the Shoals Beautiful.

Green Screen Weather Forecasts
Saturday, April 1, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm

It’s cloudy with a chance of FUN! Families (or anyone)  can make their own weather forecasts using the green screen in The Collaboratory at FLPL. You’ll get a digital copy of your forecast that you can share on social media!

Kids Events

After School: Lego Earthquakes! (K-4th grade)
Tuesday, April 4, 4:00 pm

Learn about earthquakes and try to build a Lego structure that can withstand our own "earthquake" (that is, a bounce on a trampoline)!

Terrific Twos: Plants
Thursdays in April at 10:30 am

Our weekly program fro two-year-olds will focus on plants and butterflies in the month of April!

After School: Phases of the Moon (K-4th grade)
Tuesday, April 11, 4:00 pm

We'll be learning all about the phases of the moon . . . with Oreos!

Family Book Club: Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve (families with children 2nd grade & up)
Thursday, April 13, at 4:00 pm 

Read the book and then join us for discussion and fun!

Saturday Storytime: Let’s Learn About Wind! (Pre-K through 2nd grade)
Saturday, April 15, 2:00 pm

We’ll have fun while learning about wind by reading stories and making wind streamers!

After School: The Water Cycle (K-4th grade)
Tuesday, April 18, 4:00 pm

Learn about the water cycle with the Florence Middle School Science Olympiad Team! After School is a fun weekly program for elementary kids.

Fishes of Cypress Creek (K-4th grade)
Tuesday, May 9 at 4:00 pmat Wildwood Park 
Dr Jeffrey Ray, Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of North Alabama, will lead students in hands-on activities at Cypress Creek. Learn about aquatic ecosystems by catching and releasing a variety of minnows and other small fish. Sign-up is required for this activity, so call 256-764-6564, ext. 28 to register.


Teen Events

Caffeine Cinema: Twister (ages 11-16)
Tuesday, April 4. 5:00 pm

For our Teen Program’s monthly film screening, we’ll watch the tornado thriller Twister (PG-13) and discuss the scientific fact and fiction of the film.

Pinspiration: Tabletop Biospheres (ages 11-16)
Thursday, April 6, 5:00 pm

In this craft program, teens will make tabletop biospheres! 


Adult Events

Sustainable Agriculture in the Shoals and Beyond (adults and older students)
Monday, April 10, 6:00 pm

A panel of farmers, scientists, and agriculture experts will discuss strategies and farming practices that protect the environment, human health, and animal welfare. Have a question or discussion topic in mind? Email it to, and it may be included in the event.

Cane Creek Canyon Geology Hike (adults and older children)
Saturday, May 6, 11:00 am at Cane Creek  Canyon Nature Preserve

Dr. Jim Lacefield, author of  Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks: A Guide to the State's Ancient Life and Landscapes, will lead a guided hike (approximately 3 hours) through his privately-owned nature preserve. Along the way, hikers will learn about the geology and plant life of the preserve. Sign-up is required, so call 256-764-6564, ext. 28 to register.

Women in Agriculture: A Global Perspective (adults and older students)
Saturday, May 20, 1:00 pm

Dr. Deborah Hellums, Director of Fertilizer Research at IFDC, will share the stories of women around the globe who have been empowered through agriculture.

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.