Back to School with WPL: Science

We previously discussed just some of our math resources, but we’ve got you covered in all areas for back to school.  If you want to get a leg up in science class, or are specializing in something like biochemistry or physics, check out what we’ve got for you.  Keep in mind, we’ve got over 8700 science items (not including databases) so if you don’t see what you’re looking for in this blog, you can always search our catalog and find exactly what you need.

Bill Nye

The Book Of Potentially Catastrophic Science by Sean Connolly is a fun way to get young people interested in the scientific world.  Dan Green has some great science books for kids, including Physics [why Matter Matters!] and Human Body Factory.  We have loads of fun science materials, though personally it doesn’t get better than Bill Nye The Science Guy!  Bill Nye The Science Guy’s Great Big Book Of Tiny Germs or one of his DVDs on a subject like Motion are always worth taking home.  If you don’t want to come into the library, you can even check out a downloadable video via Hoopla like Bill Nye The Science Guy – Season 4.  The Magic School Bus is another great resource for aspiring young minds, and you can take a ride with Ms. Frizzle anytime.

The Elements: A Visual Exploration Of Every Known Atom In The Universe

The Ontario Curriculum can let you know what you need to learn this year.  It’s a document created for all classes and grades.  If you’re looking to help yourself or a child improve their knowledge, understanding, and grades, books like The Key: Science Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 : Student Study Guide are an excellent resource.  We also have books like Nelson Science & Technology Perspectives 7 (for students in grade 7) and resources appropriate for everyone from kindergarten through to university level science enthusiasts.  Before you move on to the university level material, you can start off with something like Complete ScienceSmart Grades 1-2: With Fun Experiments, Cool Science Facts, and Trivia Questions.  By the time you’ve gotten to Chemistry 12, University Preparation (SCH4U) we’re rather confident you’ll have learned something.

Our collection can take you beyond high school classrooms.  An ebook like AP Physics B And C can help you, and of course we’ve got what you need to prepare for big tests.  Study for the MCATs, the SATs, or whatever else you need.  The Learning Express Library can help you with digital materials, but we also have hard copy books for your learning needs.  There are also some very useful databases available like Academic OnFile which you can use when writing papers and doing research.  Databases are a great way to do research.  Using them now can help you prepare for post-secondary school or just help you learn on your own.

The Where, The Why, The How

Science isn’t all about the classroom though.  We’ve got beautiful science books for everyone.  The Elements: A Visual Exploration Of Every Known Atom In The Universe is a stunning work that makes chemistry accessible to everyone.  The Where, The Why, And The How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries Of Science is a fascinating book that anyone can enjoy regardless of knowledge.  Almost Everyone’s Guide To Science: The Universe, Life, And Everything is another book that can help you learn without stress.  There are a myriad of great science books.  Even if you’ve sworn off the subject since a poor exam in grade 12, I promise you can find a science book that interests you at WPL.

Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

If you’d rather look into the history of the subject and know about the great minds, we can cover you there as well.  You can start with an ebook like Aristotle’s Physics and go through the centuries.  Whether you want to study the great life of an inspirational figure like Tesla through a book like Tesla- Inventor Of The Electrical Age or understand time itself through A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking.

With science such a wide category of subjects, it’s impossible to list everything we have.  We do have something for everyone though.  WPL can connect you with the universe of ideas whether you are a beginner or an expert.  You can check out our books, dvds, magazines and more.

We also will continue to offer great science themed programs.  Keep an eye out for Robots in the Library, and other science &  technology based programs.


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