Tagged Science

Celebrating Math and Formulas in Teen Books for Pi Day!

Ah March, that most unusual of months – is it spring or winter? Will it snow one last time? Are the crocuses blooming yet to give me a glimmer of hope? One fun way to get through these last few weeks of almost spring/fourth winter…

Celebrating the Trivia Nerd in All of Us

I have a confession to make—I am that friend who always wants to get a trivia team together on a Tuesday night. I’m also that kid who read Trivial Pursuit cards for fun to see if I could guess the answers. And I ask Santa…

Science in the Summer Is Back!

Science in the Summer is returning to the Free Library of Philadelphia and we are excited about this year’s curriculum—The Science of Space. By bringing the Science of Space to elementary school children, we’re showing…

Embrace the Sacred and Interstellar Through the Art and Poetry of Stellar Masses

Yolanda Wisher is back! She left us in 2017 as the first Poet Laureate since the Free Library assumed responsibility for nurturing our city's chief word smith. On May 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., she's returning as curator with…

A Science Minute: 7 Female Philadelphia Scientists You've Probably Never Heard Of

Science is the star this week around Philly, with the start of the annual Philadelphia Science Festival beginning this past weekend. We thought we would delve deep into our book stacks and search out some noteworthy yet unheralded…

#GetNerdyPHL at the Philadelphia Science Festival!

In Philadelphia, April means the Philadelphia Science Festival ! The week-long festival, hosted by the Franklin Institute, includes hundreds of free and low-cost programs across the city for children, families, and adults. The Free…

Wrap Your Head Around These Books About the Brain

Three upcoming new books, coming out in three consecutive months, will focus on the subject of the workings of the human brain. Helen Thomson, a freelance science journalist, tells the stories of nine extraordinary people from…

Pi Day: Stephen Hawking Travels to Infinity

If you are reading this on March 14 at 1:59 p.m., then it must be Pi Day (Pi at 5 decimal places = 3.14159, natch!) This annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (Pi), or in its easiest understood numeric equivalent, 3.14,…

The Science of Bram Stoker's Dracula

Since  Frankenstein & Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science  opened on Friday the 13th of October, I’ve fielded a few questions from surprised visitors:  Dracula , really? It’s not difficult to see the…

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…

Mr. Malcolm's Crazy Science Show

Mr. Malcolm's Crazy Science Show! Join popular favorite Mr. Malcolm for some crazy science experiments! Generously paid for by The Friends of Bustleton Library through a Philadelphia Activities Fund Grant

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of…

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of…

Astronomy Club

Do you want to learn more about the stars, space and other worlds? Explore what's up in the night sky with us.   This program is for school-aged star-gazers From 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Wonder Kit Wednesdays

Explore our treasure bags of STEM activities.  For school-aged scientists.

A Free Tour of Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly, Interactive Exhibition.

Sign up for your free curator-led tour of Our Five Senses, the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m and are 45 minutes. While the exhibition is geared for all ages, the…

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of…

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of…

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of…

Harriet A. Washington | A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind

Harriet A. Washington won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Medical Apartheid , a far-reaching history of medical experimentation on black Americans from the colonial era to present day. Also the author of Deadly Monopolies and…

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of…

Astronomy Club

Do you want to learn more about the stars, space and other worlds? Explore what's up in the night sky with us.   This program is for school-aged star-gazers From 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Wonder Kit Wednesdays

Explore our treasure bags of STEM activities.  For school-aged scientists.

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. WOW! (Wednesdays of Wonder) in Montgomery Auditorium Part of the Margaret S. Halloran Family…

A Free Tour of Our Five Senses: A Family Friendly, Interactive Exhibition.

Sign up for your free curator-led tour of Our Five Senses, the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m and are 45 minutes. While the exhibition is geared for all ages, the…

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of…

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of…

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of…

Swedes in Space

Join us for a program themed "A Universe fo Stories" to discover the wonders of space, and learn what it takes to become an astronaut. We will explore the life of astronauts and their intensive training to prepare for…

Science in the Summer 2019 - Science of Me!

GSK Science in the Summer™  is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of…

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.

Research in Context *

Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues. Research In Context offers…

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,…

Books & Authors *

Discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interests! Books and Authors (powered by Gale's popular What Do I Read Next? series) is for readers from every level of reading proficiency and enables users to explore the endless…

American Physical Society Online Journals

Academic OneFile *

More than 18,000 peer-reviewed journals and more than 9,200 in full text Full text of The Economist ranging from 1988 to the present, with no embargo Full text of The New York Times from 1985 to present, updated daily Full text of The…

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…

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…

Dani Shapiro | Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

In conversation with Beth Kephart , the award-winning author of twenty-four books, including Going Over , Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir , and Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River . Delivering “an…

Gregory B. Jaczko | Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator

The Chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2009-2012, Dr. Gregory Jaczko oversaw the U.S. government’s response to Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. An NRC commissioner from 2005-2009 and former science…

René Redzepi and David Zilber | The Noma Guide to Fermentation

René Redzepi is chef and co-owner of Copenhagen’s Michelin two-star restaurant Noma, recognized an astounding four times as the best in the world. He is one of Time ’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and the subject of two…

Barbara Kingsolver | Unsheltered

With a “special gift for the vivid evocation of landscape and of her characters' state of mind” ( New York Times Book Review ), Barbara Kingsolver is the author of The Poisonwood Bible , a finalist for both the Pulitzer and the Orange…

Sandeep Jauhar | Heart: A History

Exploring little-known, behind-the-scenes work in hospitals and the all-too-human lives of doctors, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar is a practicing cardiologist and author of two bestselling medical memoirs, Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation and 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…

Randi Hutter Epstein | Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything

Please join Randi on the launch date of her latest book, Aroused , which takes us on a guided tour through the intellectually arousing history and science of hormones. Randi’s prior book  Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the…

Paul Offit | Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information

The Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Vaccinology and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Paul Offit is the co-inventor of the…

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…

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…

Simon Winchester | The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

Celebrated by critics and readers alike for “interweaving history, fascinating trivia and acute observation” ( New York Times Book Review ), Simon Winchester is the bestselling author of the nonfiction books  The Professor and the…

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…

Alan Stern and David Grinspoon | Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

The principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, a planetary scientist, and an aerospace executive and consultant, Dr. Alan Stern has participated in a mind-blowing 29 space missions and has served in the loftiest strata…

Barbara Ehrenreich | Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer

Journalist and social critic Barbara Ehrenreich, “who for more than 40 years has been one of our most accomplished and outspoken advocacy journalists and activists” ( Los Angeles Times ), is the bestselling author of 16 books, including…