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Kids get lesson in science at Westmont library

Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 10:21 a.m. CDT
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Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com Kids play "owl detective" at the Westmont Public Library on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Elyse Vroom, 8, of Westmont, uses plastic forceps to dissect an owl pellet to see what kind of small animal was eaten, separating the bones from fur and other parts the owl couldn't digest.
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Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com Michael Doll, 10, of Westmont, tests the stretching limits of the latex gloves he's putting on. Kids play "owl detective" at the Westmont Public Library on Saturday, July 27, 2013. They dissect an owl pellet to see what kind of small animal was eaten, separating the bones from fur and other parts the owl couldn't digest.
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Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com Kids play "owl detective" at the Westmont Public Library on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Using a probe to remove fur from the skull of a small animal, Matthew Pecard, 8, of Westmont dissects an owl pellet to see what kind of small animal was eaten by the owl.
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Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com Kids play "owl detective" at the Westmont Public Library on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Jill Dold helps Daniel Hsiao, 9, of Willowbrook identify a bone as he dissects an owl pellet to see what kind of small animal was eaten, separating the bones from fur and other parts the owl couldn't digest using plastic forceps and a pointed probe.

WESTMONT – As part of the Westmont Public Library’s science sessions, grade school students were invited to dissect owl pellets and reconstruct a mammal skeleton Saturday.

Kate Buckson, the library’s marketing coordinator, said the community showed a lot of interest in the class.

“We had a good crowd,” Buckson said. “The kids responded really positively, and they had a really great time.”

The class, aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 11, was led by Jill Dold.

“She’s really passionate about working with kids and getting them into science,” Buckson said.

Science-themed sessions come once every three months at the library.

“A lot of grade school kids are interested in things that are unusual and a little gross,” Buckson said with a laugh. “The fact that they’re dissecting something and finding real bones held a lot of interest with them.”

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