Celebrate Science Literacy Week at the Library

Science Literacy Week runs from September 16th to the 22nd. While many of us may think that it’s aimed mostly at kids and teens, the truth is that everyone can celebrate science and oceans research in Canada.

The Niagara Falls Public Library offers a wealth of information and so many fabulous books from which to choose. Here’s a list of some of the best science writing the library has to offer, in case you’re having trouble deciding what to read come September 16th!

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
Join former Commander of the International Space Station and Canadian icon Chris Hadfield as he describes what it takes to think like an astronaut and how that type of thinking can help make life as a regular earthling a little bit better.

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe by Lisa Randall
What does dark matter have to do with the extinction of the dinosaurs? In this book, Randall explains the potential link between the two and illuminates other incredible relationships between seemingly disparate entities and events to demonstrate how connected the universe truly is.

Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf
While we may now take reading and technological literacy as givens, Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf posits that humans’ brains aren’t actually wired to read. Discover the science behind reading and what makes it both possible and challenging for our minds.

Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins by Susan Casey
Dolphins seem to be one of the few universally loved animals of the ocean. They are smart and playful, but also mysterious. Casey travelled the world for two years in an attempt to unravel that mystery and this book is the fascinating culmination of her research.

Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made by Gaia Vince
Journey with Vince across our planet from the Himalayas to the Maldives and everywhere in between as she investigates how humans have altered the Earth and ushered in its latest age: the Anthropocene.

To borrow these or any of our other marvelous science-related material, please call the library at 905-356-8080 or visit any one of our 4 locations and a staff member will be happy to assist you.

Laura Chadwick is an Information Resources and Connections Librarian with the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Library Notes


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