Tagged Environment & Nature

Dinosaur Party!

ROAR! It's Dinovember! Stomp on over to the library for dinosaur stories, crafts, and games for children and families.

Reimagining the Arctic

Embark on an expedition aboard the MS National Geographic Explorer to Arctic Svalbard with cultural geographer Kevin S. Fox.  The polar north entered the popular geographical imagination first through the accounts of 19th and early…

Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton | Atlas Obscura | 2nd Edition: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

The bestselling Atlas Obscura garnered popular acclaim in 2016 as a joyous plunge into some of Earth’s weirdest and most mysterious places. Replete with rigorous research, lavish charts and illustrations, and brisk writing, a…

Container Gardening

Container Gardening Sat, October 12, 2019 10:30 a.m. Master Gardener Sharon Pacilli will talk about Container Gardening with Vegetables and Herbs. Free. No registration required.

Rain Check Workshop

Come to this workshop to learn how you can get a free rain barrel from Philadelphia Water! Reduced pricing for downspout planters, rain gardens, depaving, and permeable pavers will also be offered. PWD’s Rain Check program gives…

The Amazing Life Cycle of the Migrating Monarch Butterfly

Kids will learn about the amazing life cycle of the Monarch butterfly.  We will look at caterpillars and chrysalis up close, then, if we are lucky, release a butterfly into the wild!

Sustainability for Kids!

Join us for a special storytime and activity focusing on sustainability.  Our aim will be to increase awareness of how we can reduce our carbon emissions and improve the environment.  This activity is great for school-age…

EcoFutures EcoAlternatives

Science Fiction and Fantasy with Environmental Themes

Wild Weather

From global warming and carbon footprints to new weather forecasting technologies and more frequent natural disasters like volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, tornadoes, typhoons, hurricanes, and more.

Green Living

Green living allows you to become an everyday environmentalist. Go green with these helpful resources including alternative energy, organic cooking, and eco-friendly solutions for your home and garden!

InfoTrac Student Edition *

High school students will have access to age-appropriate content from magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, and engaging multi-media covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political…

GREENR - Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources *

GREENR, Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, offers researchers an interdisciplinary resource for environment and sustainability studies. GREENR provides news, background information, video, commentaries,…

Jonathan Safran Foer | We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Renowned for placing “his reader’s hand on the heart of human experience” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ), Jonathan Safran Foer is the bestselling author of the frenetically irreverent, emotionally urgent novels  Everything Is Illuminated ,…

Jacob Shell | Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants

In conversation with Nikil Saval, an editor of n+1 and author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace A professor of geography and urban studies at Temple University, Jacob Shell is the author of Transportation and Revolt: Pigeons,…

Susan Hockfield | The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

The first woman and the first life scientist to head the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Susan Hockfield now serves as the esteemed institution’s President Emerita. A pioneering neuroscientist whose work included the…

Bill McKibben | Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

“The world’s best green journalist” ( Time ), Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about global warming with his 1989 book The End of Nature . His many other bestselling books about the environment include Deep Economy ,…

Barry Lopez | Horizon

Barry Lopez won the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams , a “rich, abundant, vigorously composed” ( Boston Globe ) meditation on his travels in the barren but beautiful far North. His other work includes Of Wolves and Men , Crow and…

Adam Rutherford | Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature A New Evolutionary History

“A heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling” ( The New York Times Book Review ), Adam Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived delves into the…

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha | What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis—the signature environmental disaster of our time—and an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power. Internationally recognized for her 2015 study…

Eliza Griswold | Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

In the  New York Times  bestselling book  The Tenth Parallel , immersive journalist Eliza Griswold spent seven years traversing the geographic and ideological fronts in Africa and Asia where Christianity and Islam collide. In I Am the…

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. | American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family

In conversation with Tracey Matisak A scion of America’s most fabled political dynasty, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub…

Mark C. Serreze | Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North

A fellow of the American Meteorological Society and director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, geographer Mark C. Serreze is one of the world’s foremost experts on the planet’s cryosphere—Earth’s snow and ice cover—and its…

Richard Powers | The Overstory with William T. Vollmann | No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies

A “genuine artist … who can render the intricate dazzle of it all and at the same time plumb its philosophical implications” ( Esquire ), Richard Powers explores a remarkable range of subject matters in his novels. Among them are The…

Anna Badkhen | Fisherman’s Blues: A West African Community at Sea with Min Jin Lee | Pachinko

With an artist’s eye and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer  Anna Badkhen offers “rich and lucid prose [that] illustrates her journey as vividly as might a series of photographs” ( Christian Science…

Bill McKibben | Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance

Watch the video here . Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about global warming with his 1989 book  The End of Nature . His myriad other bestselling books about the environment include Deep Economy, Eaarth , and Oil and…

Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

Watch the video here . Released just weeks after the tech guru’s death, Walter Isaacson’s “staggering” ( The New York Times ) portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs instantly became an international bestseller. Isaacson has also penned…

David Grinspoon | Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future

Dr. David Grinspoon is the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress. With research focusing on climate evolution and the conditions for life elsewhere in the cosmos, he has consulted on interplanetary space…

Jane Alexander | Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth

In conversation with Laura Kovacs Acting legend Jane Alexander has appeared in some of the finest films of the last 50 years, including All the President’s Men , The Great White Hope , Kramer vs Kramer , and The Cider House Rules . Her…

Jennifer Haigh | Heat and Light with Adam Briggle | A Field Philosopher's Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas

Jennifer Haigh received the 2003 PEN/Hemingway Award for outstanding debut fiction for her novel Mrs. Kimble . Her other books include the novels The Conditio n, Faith , and the New York Times bestseller Baker Towers , as well as News…

Amy Goodman and David Goodman | Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America

In 1996 Amy Goodman started a radio show called Democracy Now! to focus on issues that are underreported by mainstream news coverage. Today the award-winning program airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, more than 1,000…

Wayne Pacelle | The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals

Renowned animal-rights advocate Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, has worked for the passage of more than 500 new state laws and helped to pass more than 25 federal statutes to protect animals…

Honeybees

The third Saturday in August is National Honeybee Day, a day to celebrate this small but vital insect. Philadelphians should be especially proud; the modern beehive, known as the Langstroth hive, was invented in the City of Brotherly…