Blinded by Science

This month we are highlighting books and STEM kits in our Adult and Youth Collections. We have a multitude of incredible science books and kits just waiting for you here in the Library. Stop by and check some out today, and stop by our Local History Display Case to see more of our fabulous science collection!

Select titles from the Adult Services Collection:

500 HAW
Brief answers to the big questions / Stephen Hawking
Offers the renowned scientist’s final thoughts on using science to address the most important challenges facing humanity.

502 HOW
How science works: the facts visually explained / Derek Harvey
Explore answers to questions on 70 topics in the areas of matter, physics, energy, chemistry, life science, earth science, technology, and the universe. How Science Works uses clear, easy-to-understand graphics to answer common questions and explain difficult concepts–not only the core science topics that eluded us at school, but also the cutting-edge science reported in the news. Have you ever wondered how airplanes stay in the air, how holograms are made, or how ants lift things many times their size? You’ll find answers to these enigmas as well as learn about more complex developments, including the discovery of the Higgs boson, gravitational waves, and the mysteries of dark matter. Topic spreads include Q&A features, short-story sections, and simple graphics to answer all your questions about scientific principles, from familiar conundrums to mysteries that evade even the brightest minds.

510 MAT
Math smart: the savvy student’s guide to mastering basic math / the staff at the Princeton review
Even in a world where every cell phone is also a calculator, basic math competency is a must! In this book, you’ll learn how to efficiently solve common problems and effortlessly perform foundational math operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Once you’ve got that down, we’ll go over how to handle the scary stuff–like exponents, square roots, geometry, and algebra. Our user-friendly techniques break complicated problems down into their basic parts, so that you don’t waste your time memorizing dozens of long formulas and equations.

523.4 PLA
The planets: the definitive visual guide to our solar system / Heather Couper
Offers a detailed look at the solar system using all-new 3-D models from NASA and the European Space Agency as well as a timeline of all major space missions.

539.7 CHA
The atom: a visual tour / Jack Challoner
The Atom investigates the quest to identify the smallest, most fundamental constituents of matter—and how that quest helps us to understand what everything is made of and how it all works. Challoner covers a wide range of topics—including the development of scientific thinking about atoms and the basic structure of atoms; how atomic interactions account for the familiar properties of everyday materials; the power of the atomic nucleus; and what the mysterious quantum realm of subatomic particles can tell us about the very nature of reality.

546 CHA
The elements: the new guide to the building blocks of our universe / Jack Challone
As Carl Sagan memorably put it, “We’re made of star stuff.” The Elements: The New Guide to the Building Blocks of Our Universe takes you on a gorgeously illustrated tour of the Periodic Table. Filled with fascinating information about the elements, their main compounds, and their principal uses, this authoritative yet accessible book, written by renowned popular-science writer Jack Challoner, makes hardy science easy, interesting, and relevant to our daily lives. Readers will welcome this favorite in a new, smaller edition.

571.6 REN          
Life itself : exploring the realm of the living cell / Boyce Rensberger
The solutions to the most pressing challenges facing scientists today–from the efforts to conquer disease to the quest to understand life itself–will be found in the innermost workings of the cell. In Life Itself, Boyce Rensberger paints a colorful and fascinating portrait of modern research
in this vital area, an account which will enthrall anyone interested in state-of-the-art science or the incredible workings of the human body.

581.63 BRE
Herbs / Lesley Bremness
A visual identification guide to more than 700 species of herbs identifies which parts are collected and prepared and describes their different uses from cooking and medicine to crafts.

595.799 OTO
Bees: a natural history / Christopher O’Toole
The vital role of bees in human ecology is underlined by the estimate that every third mouthful of human food is dependent on the pollinating services of bees.

Select titles from the Youth Services Collection:

J567.903 BEN
The Kingfisher dinosaur encyclopedia / Mike Benton
Follows the evolution of the dinosaurs from the first lizardlike dinosaurs to the mass extinction sixty-five million years ago.

The journey of seeds / Soo-bok Choi
Flowers produce seed pods and when the seeds are ripe, they are released from the pod. How do they find their way to a place where they will grow? We will find the answer when we travel with the seeds.

J577.7 SPI
At home in the ocean / Louise and Richard Spilsbury
Oceans are one of the world’s most interesting ecosystems! This information-rich title takes readers under the sea to explore the watery world of ocean biomes. Along the way, readers will love learning about the plants and animals that make their home in the ocean. From plankton and kelp to walrus and sea turtles, the detailed photographs that accompany the text will fascinate readers. This text supports important elementary science standards, such as understanding the relationship between creatures in a habitat, the effect of human intervention, and adaptation and survival techniques. Fact boxes and a simple global map provide opportunities for additional learning.

Decomposers / Megan Lappi
Decomposers get their energy by eating and breaking down dead plants and animals.  Bacteria are a type of decomposer so tiny that millions of them could fit in a space as small as the point of a pencil.  Learn more about decomposers and their important role in the food chain in Decomposers, a Fascinating Food Chains book.

J590 COS
Weird-but-true facts about animals / Lauren Coss
This book presents astonishing facts about animals, including the three-toed sloth, the star-nosed mole, and the peregrine falcon.

Selections from our STEM Kit Collection:

Sky chaser 70mm refractor telescope / Carson
The Sky Chaser from Carson is the perfect entry level refractor type telescope for kids, young astronomers and even adults to learn the basics about astronomy and terrestrial viewing. The Sky Chaser telescope comes included with a tabletop tripod and a zippered carrying case. Weighing a little over 3 pounds, this beginner telescope is extremely lightweight making it perfect for travel.

Code gamer with Kosmobits.
Gaming: connect the physical and digital worlds! Use the gamepad to play through 15 fun game levels on your tablet. Plug one of the four sensorbots into the gamepad to activate its special powers. Coding: level by level, learn the basics of the Arduino programming language! Making: become a programmer and apply your knowledge to cool projects!

K’NEX STEM building solution, introduction to structures : bridges.
Build and investigate 7 bridge types with instructions for 13 models.

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