Written by Renee Tecco, TeenSpot Senior Library Services Assistant, Downtown Main Library

This July found kids making elephant toothpaste and rainbow density jars during the Science Buddy program put on by the Library’s Youth Services Department. The activities were a part of the Summer Adventure program’s goal of teaching children ages 6-12 concepts like chemical reactions and physics in a fun way. And the best part? The teachers were teen volunteers. 

To bring the summer fun to an end and help kids find answers about weather patterns, our local teen meteorologist, Ashton is hosting "Here's Ashton with the Weather" on Monday, August 12 at 1 p.m. in the Children's Library at the Downtown Main Library. 

The 15-year-old weatherman is talking about tornados and helping kids make storm survival kits. His interest in meteorology began when he was three years old after a windstorm hit near his home, which created a loss of power for a week. Since then, he watches the skies (and the news) for storms as they enter the Tristate area. 
“All weather events have been exciting,” Ashton said. “If I had to pick one, it would be a tornado touching down on a field. It was an EF1 so pretty minor. The tornado that hit Dayton also was a big one for me. So close and the damage was incredible. I knew earlier that day that somewhere near was going to get hit. I just felt it.” 

Children participating in the Science Buddy program in July. 

Ashton plans to study meteorology when he attends college. 
“My plan is to go to Oklahoma and study there,” Ashton said. “Do some storm chasing and eventually either work at the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Weather Channel, or the Severe Storm Center.” 
For now, Ashton is content with spreading his love of the weather by presenting programs for children. His aim is not only to make the subject fun and interesting, but for children not to be afraid of storms and to appreciate nature. 
And, of course, Ashton encourages everyone to learn more about the subject by reading books.

“Start with learning about the atmosphere,” said Ashton. “When I was a kid I liked the Universe Books series by Usbourne Books. It’s a good beginning. Read up on natural disasters and go on for resources.”
If you are interested in attending “Here’s Ashton with the Weather” you can sign up on our program calendar here. Registration is recommended, but not required. For questions please call Sarah Ryan at 513-369-7889.  

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