Family Reading & Science Program

The Family Reading & Science Program offers a series of three outreach workshops which take place in libraries throughout SE Michigan and at the Museum. Each workshop explores a different aspect of a central theme. The workshop series culminates with a Discovery Day at the Museum in March.
Workshops are 60 minutes long and designed for children ages 6-11 AND their parent or guardian. Participation is free.

2015 Family Reading and Science Program: Exploring The Brain

The brain is our most complex and misunderstood organ. It controls our essential bodily functions and interprets the signals that it gets from the world around us. It is amazingly powerful and yet fragile. Join the U-M Museum of Natural History as we explore the wonders of the brain.

Workshop 1: Inside the mind 
  • Explore brain anatomy and the nervous system. Participants will learn about basic brain anatomy and function and the weird way our brain "sees" us.
Workshop 2: Mind over matter
  • Explore how our brain helps us interpret the world. Participants will explore the senses and how they help the brain make sense of the world
Workshop 3: Mixed signals
  • Explore ways to trick the brain and how to keep our mind sharp. Even though the brain works harder than any computer it can still be fooled by bad inputs or even be damaged. Families will have fun tricking their brains and learn more about keeping it healthy and safe.
Join us for The Brain Discovery Day on Saturday, March 21 at the U-M Museum of Natural History

2015 Workshop Schedule

Museum Workshops

Workshop 1: January 18th, 2015 - 2pm 

Workshop 2: February 15th, 2015 - 2pm

Workshop 3: March 15th, 2015 - 2pm 

To register for Museum workshops, call (734) 764-0480. To register at your local library, see below.

Local Library Workshops

Ann Arbor District Library - Pittsfield Branch
2359 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 327-4200

  • March 14 - 2pm Workshop 1 Inside the Mind
  • March 21 - 2pm Workshop 3 Mind over Matter

Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 481-1300

  • January 24 - 11am Workshop 1 Inside the Mind
  • February 21 - 11am Workshop 2 Mind Over Matter
  • March 14 - 11am Workshop 3 Mixed Signals

Detroit Public Library - Chandler Park
12800 Harper Avenue, Detroit, MI 48213
(313) 481-1560

  • January 24 - 3pm Workshop 1 Inside the Mind

Fowlerville District Library
131 Mill Street, Fowlerville, MI 48836
(517) 223-9089

  • January 10 - 11am Workshop 1 Inside the Mind
  • February 7 - 11am Workshop 2 Mind Over Matter
  • March 14 - 11am Workshop 3 Mixed Signals

Royal Oak Public Library
222 E. Eleven Mile, Royal Oak, MI 48067
248-246-3700

  • January 20- 7pm Workshop 1 Inside the Mind
  • February 17- 7pm Workshop 2 Mind Over Matter
  • March 17- 7pm Workshop 3 Mixed Signals

Salem-South Lyon District Library
9800 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon, MI 48178
(248) 437-6431

  • January 17 - 11am Workshop 1 Inside the Mind
  • February 14 - 11am Workshop 2 Mind Over Matter
  • March 14 - 11am Workshop 3 Mixed Signals

Saline District Library
555 North Maple Road, Saline, MI 48176
(734) 429-5450

  • January 31 - 3pm Workshop 1 Inside the Mind
  • February 28 - 3pm Workshop 2 Mind Over Matter
  • March 28 - 3pm Workshop 3 Mixed Signals

 

If you are interested in bringing Family Reading & Science Workshops to your library please contact program manager Amanda Paige via email apaige@umich.edu or 734.615.7116