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E T Russell ___  Early evening Saturday April 25, Ben Franklin will make an electrifying appearance at two presentations.  The 4:00 P.M. presentation is for families with children and the presentation at 6:00 P.M. is for adults; both held at the Summit Christian Fellowship Church across the street from the Big Bear Library.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Big Bear Valley Library, the two programs are open to the general public at no charge. 

Phil Soinskim, as the Inventive Dr. Franklin, has been part of a group with the Museum on Wheels that shares the best of the Printing Museum’s educational school programs. With the traveling colonial printing shop, a guide slips on an apron and steps up to Franklin’s Press. With the help of audiences, the metal type is hand-set to create Franklin’s famous Poor Richard’s Almanack. 

Dr. Ben Franklin (Phil Soinski) presents the story of his life to students, introducing observers to his many inventions and discoveries, from swim fins to bi-focals, from the first lending library to the Constitution of the United States. He introduced to the world of electricity and science, as Dr. Franklin demonstrated his static electrical generator, originally used to create a battery. Franklin aims to ignite young minds with the wonders of science and invention.

Ben Franklin (portrayed by actor, writer and cartoonist Phil Soinski) will share some of his tidbits of his life and inventions, along with some electrical experiments with shocking results, including his Electro-static generator.

Between the two programs, meet and greet Ben Franklin in person at the 5:00 P.M. reception in the Big Bear Valley Library, located at 41930 Garstin Drive, Big Bear Lake Reservations are not required but seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. For any questions, please call the library at 909-866-5571.