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Our first Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead of 2019 will feature the always-amazing, forever-adored Science Lady, Jan Mattingly!  Participants in Robotics 101 on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. will be learning about electricity and circuits. This will include some shockingly fun demonstrations and hair-raising experiments. After the lesson, you will put your knowledge to good use and build a simple wobble bot of your very own.  The session with Jan is open to children ages 7-12.  Registration is required, so make sure you sign up online or by phone (444-7830) beginning December 26, 2018.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came out in theaters this past weekend.  Have you seen it yet?  Do you know what it's all about?  Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man.  At least, he thinks he's the one and only.  Then he meets Peter Parker . . . and he realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents.  Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world.

I worked this past weekend, so I haven't had a chance to see it yet.  But I will.  There is absolutely no dimension in which Katie Jane will not see this movie.  Want more Miles Morales?  Read the novel by Jason Reynolds.

The Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve is one of my favorite series of all time.  I own all four titles: Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain.  When I first read them, I wondered if they would ever be turned into a movie.  I figured it would be impossible to do it justice, especially the roving cities.  But movie magic has become even more magical, and the time has finally arrived.  Mortal Engines hits the big screen this weekend.  And Peter Jackson helped put it there, so I'm more than a little excited.  Here's hoping it lives up to the hype in my head.