Calvert Library reveals the fun side of science SoMdNew

    Special to the Recorder

    Jul 30, 2014

    The Calvert Library Prince Frederick was buzzing with about 15 to 20 excited children waiting for a show to start July 23, before the doors opened to music and to the two lively members of the music group Magpie: Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino. Through memorable songs, goofy dialogue and sign language, Artzner and Leonino educated the kids about the ecosystem, habitats and keeping water clean during their performance, “Icthyamusicology.”The Calvert Library theme this summer is “Fizz! Boom! Read!” — aimed at teaching kids to have fun with science — and “Icthyamusicology” was just one event the library has hosted for children as part of this theme. “Icthyamusicology” is a mixed word Artzner and Leonino came up with to combine “icthyology,” the study of sea creatures, with “music,” to help show that environmental science can be fun.At one point, Artzner even dressed like a pirate and played the concertina. “I liked how he put on his silly hat,” said Lindsay Brown, 7, of Owings, who attended the performance with her sister, Ciara, 5. “He looked funny.”Artzner and Leonino said they have been in the music business for close to 40 years. They have been all over the country for school assemblies and concerts. They play educational folk music about the Chesapeake Bay and the environment. Beverly Izzi of the Prince Frederick branch said of the “Fizz! Boom! Read!” program, “It’s a national theme. We collaborate by pulling our resources with graphics and products ... The kids explore different areas of science, from astronomy to zoology.”There are only two more children’s events remaining that promise to explore the “Fizz! Boom! Read!” theme. They include Mike Rose’s “Magic & Science & Stuff” today, and a show by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre on Wednesday.Other events and programs include weekly afternoon science programs at all library locations for kids in kindergarten through grade 5, Izzi said. Also, at the Prince Frederick branch, there is a LEGO Mania event every Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. For more information about the libraries’ upcoming summer events for kids, To learn more about “Fizz! Boom! Read!,” go now until the end of summer, kids from preschool to middle school also have an opportunity to join a reading program and win free tickets for Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, Bowie Baysox and Baltimore Orioles baseball games. For details about that program, go to