Throwback Thursday: All Aboard the Magic School Bus

The_Magic_School_Bus_title_creditWe’re celebrating science all summer long with this year’s summer reading program.

And we’re starting things off with a bang during our kickoff party this Saturday at the Read House. COSI (the Center of Science and Industry) will bring its traveling exhibits to the party and show kids how much fun science can be.

Even Throwback Thursday‘s getting involved. This week, we’re highlight the scientific wayfarers aboard the Magic School Bus.

(As always, you can check out any and all of these movies and books from the Mentor Public Library. We’ve even linked to our collection so you can put them on hold wherever you are.)

The Magic School Bus began as a series of books that were written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen. The books took us inside of both the earth and the human body, out to the solar system, back to the dinosaurs and more. They are still classics (and still available at your local library.)

Of course, there’s an entire generation that got to know the Magic School Bus via its TV show on PBS. If you’re feeling nostalgic for a supernatural field trip, there are a bunch of ways to revisit Arnold, Wanda, Carlos and the rest of the gang.

You can borrow individual episodes or even the entire series from the library. Or, if you think DVDs are passe, you can stream episodes directly to your computer, phone or tablet for free via Hoopla, as long as you have a MPL card. (Click here if you need a refresher course on how to use Hoopla.)

So get on the Magic School Bus! It doesn’t matter if you prefer reading the books, watching the show or even playing the games. What matters is that you learn something new and have fun while doing it.

It’s what the Frizz would want.

Come back each week for a new Throwback Thursday profile.

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