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Science is more than serious men and women in white coats, poring over the mysterious liquid contents of beakers and peering into microscopes.

On Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Ogdensburg Public Library, 312 Washington St., it will be about scientists from the Syracuse Museum of Science and Technology performing experiments with soil, checking the good earth of Northern New York for microbes -tiny living organisms - and other mysteries of the underground.

Children and parents are invited to immerse themselves in the world of science, according to Dorian Lenney-Wallace, children’s librarian.

“It’ll be hands-on,” she said. “I think all ages can enjoy it.”

And learn at the same time.

“They can see how science affects their everyday lives,” said Ms. Lenney-Wallace.

The raw materials for the day’s experiments, which will include fossils, are going to be strictly local.

“There’ll be soil samples from all over the north country,” Ms. Lenney-Wallace said.

Library Director Wayne L. Miller said that the science show’s theme is a “fantastic” idea.

“I think that dirt has a bad name,” he said, laughing. “I mean, I look out at the (Library Park) garden and that’s right there. There’s good dirt out there.”

Morristown Public Library, Main Street, will also host the science show on Aug. 6, but at 11 a.m. For more information, check the Ogdensburg library’s website at www.ogdensburgpubliclibrary.org

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