The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall celebrated its 103rd Birthday
in spectacular style on Tuesday, May 25th! Bayer Foundation was on hand to make
sure the event will be remembered for a long time to come.
Hundreds of children from Carnegie Elementary School, St. Philip's School in
Crafton, Sts. Simon and Jude and Wee Care Children Center (both in Scott Township),
as well as the Mayor and Council President of Carnegie and leaders of the capital
campaign to restore, renovate and revitalize the ACFL&MH; attended the birthday party.
In the picture to the right, Michelle Wright from WTAE and Rebecca Lucore from
the Bayer Foundation read to the children from Wee Care Children Center in Scott.
At the event Dr. Attila Molnar, President and CEO of Bayer Corporation (and a
member of the campaign's Blue Ribbon Committee) presented a $100,000 check from
the Bayer Foundation to name the Library's "Bayer Children's Room." This very
generous gift has special resonance for the campaign. Because Bayer is a
Chartiers Valley neighbor, this gift counts toward the campaign's community
challenge grant. Thank you Bayer!
However, Bayer's generosity didn't stop there. As part of its "Making Science
Make Sense" Program, Bayer's own Nutty Science Professor - Gerry Lewis -
amazed, challenged and delighted more than 300 third through 6th graders (and
some grown-ups as well) with a whiz bang show of science principles, pyrotechnics
and safety tips. With raisins dancing, marshmallows exploding and hot dogs
shattering Bayer's "Great American Science Show" repeatedly brought its
enthusiastic audience to their feet.
Lewis' show brought out the fun aspects of science. Mr. Lewis selected willing
child and adult volunteers from the audience to assist with his experiments.
Audience members received materials explaining how to safely recreate some of
the experiments at home, as well as some birthday treats.
Lewis designed the unique, hands-on show to dispel myths and stereotypes about
scientists, as well as to highlight the "everydayness" of science. Since the
early 1990s, Lewis has performed his "Great American Science Show" hundreds of
times in schools and at community events throughout southwestern Pennsylvania,
West Virginia and Ohio, as well as New Jersey, Missouri and North Carolina.
Thank you Bayer for being such a great neighbor to the Andrew Carnegie Free
Library & Music Hall!