Learn about bones, animals and the moon July 17

Jul 10, 2014
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The Summer Reading Program continues at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Waynesville Branch Library with “Forensic Anthropology: The Real Bones.”

Dr. John Williams, director of the forensic anthropology program at Western Carolina University, will talk about about forensic anthropology and what he does as a forensic anthropologist. Participants will have the opportunity to handle real human bones and see how forensic anthropologists determine the age and sex of a skeleton.

Williams is a board-certified forensic anthropologist, one of 72 in the nation, and has worked with human skeletons for nearly 40 years. He has assisted in the identification of victims of two airplane crashes and has worked on homicide and missing person cases with law enforcement agencies and medical examiners throughout the U.S.

Williams will give the program again at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the Canton Branch Library.

Additional Summer Reading Program events on July 17 are:

— Animal Digestive Fun: Local biologist and children’s author Dawn Cusick will present an interactive program about animals and digestion at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Canton Branch Library. Cusick will read from several of her titles, including “Animal Tongues,” “Bug Butts” and “Get the Scoop on Animal Poop.” Children will be able to build an animal digestive system and make a fun dessert to demonstrate how the digestive system works.

— Moon Mania: Local author Anna Browning will present a program about the moon at 11 a.m. at the Waynesville Branch Library. She read from her book, “Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks.” Children will learn more about the moon and do some creative activities relating to the topic.

For more information, call Lisa Hartzell at 356-2511 or Katy Punch at 648-2924

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