Cosmo photoshopped to look like John Cusack holding a boombox.

Meow and hello from Grand County Public Library! Have you heard? There’s going to be a special STEAM Story Hour on Friday, April 28 at 6:30 pm at the Moab Library branch. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, and this time we’ll be studying the Science of Sound. We’ll make some sounds by singing a song, listen to a story (more sounds!), and then do some experiments to understand what sound is and how it travels. 

As a cat, I have exceptional hearing and I’m able to detect sounds at frequencies far higher than the average human. I can even move one ear independently from the other, allowing me to pinpoint exactly where a sound is coming from without having to turn my head. (Bear that in mind before sharing secrets in the library! I can hear it all.) But what exactly is sound?

It turns out sound is a vibration. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has ever petted a purring cat. (And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?) You can hear the noise of the purr with your ears and you can feel the purr in your fingertips. Seriously, go pet a cat right now! Do it for science!  

I still have a lot of questions about sound, so hopefully I’ll get them answered next Friday night! This free event is geared towards kids ages 3 – 10, along with their caregivers, though all ages are welcome. After this month, STEAM Story Hour will take a break so the librarians can get ready for all the fun summer activities they are planning for you. See you in the library, my friends!