Have you ever wondered who decides what cars should look like?
Do you know what a carburetor does? Would you like to meet a real race car driver or design a paint job for a Maserati?
Broadview Public Library is in the midst of hosting a four-week program called Car Mania. Each Tuesday at 7 p.m., a different aspect of cars is being explored.
The Feb. 5 class will feature Denise Belanger. She will talk about her drag racing career and her 1929 dragster, The Librarian Express.
On Feb. 12, we will host artist Kat Kissel. She will show some of the custom paint designs she’s created for cars and motorcycles. Then participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at the design process.
During the first class, held Jan. 22, engineering students from Northwestern University discussed how cars are designed and explained how engineers balance performance and aesthetics. Afterward, we stepped outside and examined some of their work.
On Jan. 29, Jim Clarke from Lincoln Technical Institute was on hand to discuss how cars work. He also talked about careers in the automotive industry.
Registration is required for each week. Come into the library at 2226 S. 16th Ave. in Broadview or call 708-345-1325. All ages are welcome, but children younger than 10 years of age and must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
Lisa Knasiak is the youth services librarian at the Broadview Public Library