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Science Fare

Forget textbooks, worksheets and lectures. Try hissing Madagascar cockroaches in the classroom, a chance to create your very own biological microcosm, and the UW's nifty, open-to-the-public Physics Museum ' a deliciously geeky pantheon of gyroscopes, pendulums, motors and magnets, all set up for hands-on interaction. A physics museum in Madison! Who knew? >More
 Shorter days, inside fun

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 Moose's Big Idea

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 Here Lies the Librarian

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 The most ghosts

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 Here Be Monsters: Volume 1 of the Ratbridge Chronicles

This book takes readers to a very odd new world. It's inhabited not only by talking rats and flying contraptions (not terribly unusual in the world of fiction), but also by 'boxtrolls' (curious, tinkering tiny men who wear cardboard boxes as clothing) and 'cabbageheads' (even more curious little folk who love cabbages so much that they tie them onto their heads). >More
 Absolutely, Positively Not

High-schooler Steven has several goals in his young life. He wants to get his driver's license. He wants to keep his dark secret safe '-that is, that he enjoys square dancing. And he wants to prove beyond a doubt that he is absolutely, positively NOT gay. >More
 Step up to the plate

A 2003 survey conducted to find out more about kids' attitudes to eating out revealed that nearly 90 percent of families with children dine in restaurants at least once a month and 44 percent try their luck on a weekly basis. Then why does the whole process continue to seem so complicated? Some smart choices, reinforcing good manners and maintaining realistic expectations will help make these family forays satisfying experiences for everyone involved. >More
 Peace sells, but who's buying?

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 Kids culture bin

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