The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, technology, and more. Especially designed for elementary aged kids, come back each week and learn something new!

No fairy tale is safe from an author in search of a universal classic to spin into a new tale. Explore well-known examples of this “stealing,” and the ways in which an old story can be completely remade.

Nikki Loftin is the author of three novels for young readers: Wish Girl, which the New York Times called “a quietly poetic story about psychological truths”; Nightingale’s Nest, named as “the next great book” by the Children’s Literacy Foundation in 2014, and awarded the best children’s book of 2014 by the Texas Institute of Letters; and The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, winner of the Writer’s League of Texas Book Award 2013. Nikki earned an MA from UT Austin in English/Fiction Writing, and teaches writing workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Visit her at