Tagged Animals and Nature

Dinosaur Party!

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

Snake Party!

Snake expert Scott Prior will talk about snakes’ intriguing lives, and if you are brave enough, you can pet one of his snake friends! All ages welcome.   

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…

How do Animals Survive in Winter?

When it's cold outside, animals don't have mittens or hot chocolate to keep them warm.  Instead, some sleep through the winter, some have thick fur to stay active, and others just pack up and leave!  Get up close and…

Goat Story Walk

We'll join the Philly Goat Project's three miniature Nigerian goats for a storywalk around the library. Anthony, Bebito and Ivy will be here to walk with us and enjoy a story.  They are well behaved and friendly.  For…

Bat Night:

Join us for some batty fun!  This is your chance to learn more about these fascinating nocturnal creatures.  We'll listen to theirr chirping on our Bat Seeker - Echolocation device.  Learn why bats matter and how we…

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!

Goat Walk and Storytime

Please join us for a special program with the Philly Goat Project.  We will walk around Rittenhouse Square with our new goat friends, then enjoy stories at the goat statue in the Square.  These are very friendly goats! …

Kids InfoBits *

Elementary students in kindergarten through grade five will find age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics such as animals, arts, geography, health, literature, people, social studies, technology, etc. Kids…

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,…

Dave Barry | Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

A 30-year writer at the Miami Herald whose column was syndicated in more than 500 newspapers, humorist Dave Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. His more than 30 New York Times bestselling books include I’ll Mature When…

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…

Frans de Waal | Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves

Esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal is the author of The Bonobo and the Atheist , a “tour de force” ( Nature ) exploration of the biological roots of human morality found in primate social emotions, including empathy, reciprocity, and…

Katrina van Grouw | Unnatural Selection

The former curator of the ornithological collections at London’s Natural History Museum, Katrina van Grouw is the author of The Unfeathered Bird . A sumptuous labor of love, this hybrid of art, science, and history features 385 detailed…

Loudon Wainwright III | Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes and Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things with Eileen Myles | Afterglow (a dog memoir)

Watch the video here . With a career spanning four decades, 26 studio albums, and untold scores of concerts, Loudon Wainwright III is one of the world’s most loved singer-songwriters. A prolific actor in a variety of television and…

Alexandra Horowitz | Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell

In conversation with Jason Freeman Cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz is the author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know . Owing to its insight and plain-spoken lightness, the book pawed its way to no. 1 on the New…

Frans de Waal | Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal is the author of The Bonobo and the Atheist , a “tour de force” ( Nature ) exploration of the biological roots of human morality found in primate social emotions, including empathy, reciprocity, and…

Helen Macdonald | H is for Hawk and Shaler’s Fish

Naturalist Helen Macdonald won the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction for the bestselling H Is for Hawk , a “beautiful and nearly feral” ( New York Times ) chronicle of the devastating but transformative year she spent training a…

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…