Tagged Science

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…

The Arborists of Philadelphia's Parks & Recreation

An Exhibition in the Business Resource and Innovation Center (2nd floor) April 24 - September 15, 2018 Throughout Spring and Summer every corner of the Free Library of Philadelphia will be taking inspiration from In Our Nature: Flora…

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,…

The Publisher is Ambitious: William Bartram's Travels

William Bartram’s Travels was an unprecedented mix of literary genres—part travel book, part scientific record and description — a romantic narrative, an ethnography of Southern native peoples, and an exposition by…

Stenton Star Gazing

We'll meet at the library and then walk over to the  Stenton House , where we'll be met by Derek Pitts , Chief Astronomer at the Franklin Institute!  Together we will view stars and planets through a high powered…

Science Fun with Light and Optics!

Fun experiments with light, vision and color.  Suggested for ages 5 to 12. Parkway Central Library Children's Department Ground Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215.686.5369 ***Programs are subject to…

Stenton Star Gazers Astronomy Club

Do you want to learn more about the stars, space and other worlds? Join us for fun activities that will help us understand what's up there. We'll be creating origami constellations and play dough planets, exploring with…

Science Fun with Architecture and Enginering!

Architecture in nature and building: how big can  you  build?  Suggested for ages 5 to 12. Parkway Central Library Children's Department Ground Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215.686.5369…

Stenton Star Gazers Astronomy Club

Do you want to learn more about the stars, space and other worlds? Join us for fun activities that will help us understand what's up there. We'll be creating origami constellations and play dough planets, exploring with…

Wonder Kit Wednesdays

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

Science Fun with Electricity!

Currents, circuits and experiments!  Suggested for ages 5 to 12. Parkway Central Library Children's Department Ground Floor, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215.686.5369 ***Programs are subject to change*** Find…

Stenton Star Gazers Astronomy Club

Do you want to learn more about the stars, space and other worlds? Join us for fun activities that will help us understand what's up there. We'll be creating origami constellations and play dough planets, exploring with…

STEM Thursdays

Each week we'll open up a differen Wonder Kit and explore the activities and experiments inside.

Science in the Summer 2018 - Science of Space!

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 2018 - Science of Space!

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 2018 - Science of Space!

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 2018 - Science of Space!

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…

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

In partnership with the Heinz Endowment and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as a feature of GLR Week The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis—the signature environmental disaster of our time—and an inspiring tale of…

Wonder Kit Wednesdays

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

Wonder Kit Wednesdays

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

Science Squad: Science Surprise

Join us as we have fun with science! For children going into 2nd to 6th grade. Sponsored by the Friends of Torresdale Library.    Pre-registration is required, limited to 25 children.  Please call Miss Ann at 215-685-0494…

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