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A Science Minute: The What, Where, When, Why, and How Guide to Experiencing the Solar Eclipse

Get ready for a rare celestial happening in the universe (well, at least our known universe ), as a Solar Eclipse will be taking place throughout North American on August 21. But what exactly is a solar eclipse, why is it happening, and…

Register Now for Science in the Summer

Even though school is out, we at the Free Library are committed to keeping children and teens learning all summer long. That’s why we plan the Summer of Wonder , which includes everything from LEGO building to mystery solving. But…

Science in the Summer Registration Kickoff!

Registration for Science in the Summer began this past Friday, May 5 and to celebrate, the Franklin Institute visited the Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library and provided a fun program for the students of Kearny Elementary…

A City-wide Celebration of Science: The 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival!

The Philadelphia Science Festival is almost here!  The city-wide celebration of science happens April 21-29. The Free Library is proud to partner with the festival to offer great programing for all ages!  Check out all the…

A History Minute: Philadelphia's Medical Mystery

Philadelphia was the place to be in July of 1976. Even Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain came to present the Bicentennial Bell , cast in the same foundry as our Liberty Bell. The 4,000+ members of the Pennsylvania chapter of the…

Science in the Summer Arrives at Oak Lane!

By Becky Friedman and Kadafi El-Kardah Science in the Summer has begun! On June 28th and 29th, kids at the Oak Lane Library enjoyed two full days of free programming focused on science and hands-on learning. Since this year’s…

#GetNerdyPHL with the Philadelphia Science Festival This April!

The Free Library is excited to host several science-based children’s programs in 16 of its neighborhood libraries—as well as a number of kitchen-science programs at the Culinary Literacy Center at Parkway Central…

Science Leadership Student 'Maps it Out.'

Beginning in September 2015, several Science Leadership Academy high school students studying film and photography worked on their Independent Learning Project at our Parkway Central Branch. The teens took on various tasks…

Get Nerdy with Neighborhood Science After School!

What better way to celebrate science than in your own backyard? Join the Philadelphia Science Festival at several of our neighborhood libraries after school for a celebration of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other…

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

Join us to make "eclipse viewers" to safely check out our view of the eclipse outside.  We will not have glasses to give away.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

A partial solar eclipse will be visible from Philadelphia! We will be making pinhole viewers and talking about the effects of the sun with the help of Bartram’s Garden.  We will not have eclipse viewing glasses to give away.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

Join us for this special solar event! We will be making pinhole viewers, livestreaming coverage on our meeting room's big screen, and enjoying eclipse-themed snacks. Please note that we will not have any glasses to give away.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

View the Solar Eclipse with us! We will have Solar Eclipse Viewers that allow you to safely view the eclipse.  We'll also have a Sunspotter for indirect viewing of the sun before and after the eclipse; we will not have any…

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

Join us to make "eclipse viewers" and check out our view of the eclipse in our courtyard. We will also live stream "the totality" so we can see a total eclipse.

STEM - Science

Suggested books for students in the field of science.

STEM - Engineering

Suggested books for students in the field of engineering.

NASA

Learn more about The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which is responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

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.

Fantastic Planets and Adventurous Astronauts

Read these biographies of astronauts and the planets and galaxies they have explored.

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GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution,…

BBC Animals

Find your favourite animals, where and how they live, the latest news about them and who's filming them right now.

American Physical Society Online Journals

Kevin Hearne | Besieged with Chuck Wendig | Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy and Fran Wilde | Updraft

In conversation with Dena Heilik, Department Head of Philbrick Hall, the fiction department of the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Kevin Hearne is the author of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles,…

David Baron | American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

As NPR’s science correspondent, David Baron received awards from the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among many other organizations. He is the…

Richard Holmes | This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer

“Almost unfairly gifted both as a writer of living, luminous prose and as a tireless researcher” ( Time ), Richard Holmes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a knight in the Order of the…

Daniel C. Dennett | From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

“Perhaps America’s most widely read (and debated) living philosopher” ( New York Times ), Daniel C. Dennett is the author of a score of books that explore the intersection of human consciousness and evolutionary biology, including…

Steven Johnson | Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

Exploring the intersection of science, technology, and experience, Steven Johnson is the author of the bestselling Where Good Ideas Come From, Everything Bad Is Good for You , and How We Got to Now , which he adapted into a popular PBS…

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…

Dava Sobel | The Glass Universe with Priyamvada Natarajan | Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos

Dava Sobel is one of the most prominent, critically acclaimed, bestselling narrative nonfiction writers working today.  A former science reporter for the New York Times, she is the recipient of the National Science Board's prestigious…

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…

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…

Margot Lee Shetterly | Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

In her New York Times bestselling debut book, Margot Shetterly tells the story of four African American women whose mathematical calculations at NASA fueled America’s greatest achievements in space at the leading edge of the civil…

Gino Segré and Bettina Hoerlin | The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age

The most revered Italian scientist since Galileo, Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi was one of the most prolific and consequential figures of the 20th century. Though a modest and unassuming man, he became one of the fathers of the…

Roger Penrose | Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

One of the world’s esteemed theoretical physicists for his contributions to the theory of general relativity and cosmology, Roger Penrose has won the Albert Einstein Medal, shared the Wolf Prize for physics with Stephen Hawking, and is…

Catherine Price | Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food

An “absorbing and meticulously researched history of the beginnings and causes of our obsession with vitamins and nutrition” ( New York Times ), Catherine Price’s Vitamania tells the fascinating story of the 13 dietary chemicals…

Chuck Klosterman | But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking about the Present as If It Were the Past

Offering up “great facts, interesting cultural insights, and thought-provoking moral calculations” ( New York Magazine ), Chuck Klosterman scrutinized pop culture, music, and sports with humor and unbounded imagination as “The Ethicist”…

Mary Roach | Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

“America’s funniest science writer” ( Washington Post ), Mary Roach has researched and written about the life of the recently expired human body ( Stiff ), the mysteries that lie beyond this mortal coil ( Spook ), the prurient phenomena…

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…

Arianna Huffington | The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One, Night at A Time

Ten years ago, Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post , a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely read, linked-to, and frequently cited media brands on the internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize…

Buzz Aldrin | No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon

Best known for the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, retired Air Force Colonel Buzz Aldrin holds a doctorate in astronautics; developed the orbital rendezvous technique critical to America’s lunar landings; and founded the ShareSpace…

Barbara Bradley Hagerty | Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife

Journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty was an NPR reporter for nearly 20 years, first covering the Justice Department and later becoming the network’s religion correspondent. Mapping the intersections of faith, politics, law, science, and…