Tagged Science

#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…

In Our Nature: Flora and Fauna of the Americas

An Exhibition in the Rare Book Department's William B. Dietrich Gallery (3rd floor) April 9 - September 15, 2018 The ecology of the Western Hemisphere has been shaped by human intervention. Landscapes and wildlife have been helped,…

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

Randi Hutter Epstein is the author of Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank , a “delightful—and sometimes disturbing” (NPR) romp through the history, fads, and science behind…

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…

Preschool Science Exploration

Each month, students will explore concepts of Science and do STEM activities. This is for preschool/kindergarten children ages 3 to 7. Groups must call to schedule a visit.

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…

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…

Leap Into Science Storytime

We'll read stories, sing songs, and do simple hands-on science activities designed to introduce young children to basic science concepts. Come explore with us!  For ages 4 to 6 years old.

Pollination presented by Bartram’s Garden

Learn why bees and other animals are so important to the garden and the food we like to eat. We’ll taste some honey and design the perfect living machine to pollinate our flowers. For ages 12 and under.

Preschool Science Exploration

Each month, students will explore concepts of Science and do STEM activities. This is for preschool/kindergarten children ages 3 to 7. Groups must call to schedule a visit.

Life in Space

It’s time for Liftoff!! Embark on a trip to space with the Franklin Institute. Explore the scientific and engineering challenges of getting into space, living and working in orbit, and safely returning to earth. Generously paid…

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…

Leap Into Science Storytime

We'll read stories, sing songs, and do simple hands-on science activities designed to introduce young children to basic science concepts. Come explore with us!  For ages 4 to 6 years old.

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…

Get LITeracy with Science

Hosted by Temple University’s Education Honor Society, this after school event will help families and children of all ages engage with science literacy through grade appropriate books. The whole event will feature a story time,…

Science After School

Science comes to your neighborhood as the city's most engaging experts visit your library to lead free STEM programs after school.

Philadelphia Science Festival - Science After School!

Spark your student’s passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning when local engineers, scientists, and other experts visit your neighborhood library to lead FREE after-school programs. Take part in…

Philadelphia Science Festival - Science After School!

Spark your student’s passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning when local engineers, scientists, and other experts visit your neighborhood library to lead FREE after-school programs. Take part in…

Science After School (in Partnership with the Science Festival)

Spark your child’s passion for STEM learning when local engineers, scientists, and other experts visit your neighborhood library to lead FREE after-school programs. Take part in these exciting experiments, animal encounters, and…

Philadelphia Science Festival - Science After School

Spark your student’s passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning when local engineers, scientists, and other experts visit your neighborhood library to lead FREE after-school programs. Take part in…

Philadelphia Science Festival - Science After School!

Be a part of the Philadelphia Science Festival!  Join us for Science After School have fun participating in exciting experiments and fun hands-on activities and meeting a scientist!    

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.

GreenFILE *

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