Lake Oswego Reads uses a Maker Space event to connect youngsters to the characters in 'Good Morning, Midnight'

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Matt and 3-year-old Henrick Reed test out their Arctic Crawler on a race track during a hands-on Lake Oswego Reads event at the library. REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Seven-year-old Ben Schultz of Lake Oswego puts his Arctic Crawler to the test in a maze. Young explorers used toothbrushes, motors, batteries and creativity this month to design and build Arctic Crawlers capable of exploring the frigid north.

The family-friendly activity at the Lake Oswego Public Library used a hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) challenge to connect parents and children to "Good Morning, Midnight," this year's selection for Lake Oswego Read. Author Lily Brooks-Dalton's post-apocalyptic novel is about two outsiders who find themselves on the fringes of civilization with no idea about what has happened — including Augustine, who uses his own crawler to navigate the Arctic tundra.

The Maker Space event at the library was led by Larry Zurcher, a Lake Oswego School District teacher on special assignment. Lake Oswego Reads continues through the end of the month, with exhibits and lectures on everything from surviving a catastrophe to dealing with isolation and separation anxiety. On Feb. 27, Lewis & Clark professor Liz Safran will talk about "The End of the World as We Know It."

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