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Starting Small

With special Shrinky Dink plastic, the pieces start big, as Lucas Offner shows ...
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To help kick off La Jolla Riford Library’s Summer Reading Program — Read for the Win!, which runs through Aug. 15, youth services librarian Angie Stava hosted a scientific Shrinky Dinks workshop, June 21. Children of all ages gathered to color on special plastic sheets, and cut out their designs so Stava could (carefully!) put them in a toaster for about a minute. Fascinated, the young scientists watched the plastic contort and eventually shrink, before taking their creations home. Find a full lineup of free reading program events at

Ashley Mackin

Arielle Brotman holds her lightning bolt Shrinky Dink before it goes in the toaster ...
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... and after!
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... and finish small!
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Young patrons watch their creations shrink within a minute.
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Youth services librarian Angie Stava shows her guests how the Shrinky Dinks process works.
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