Science & Environment

Science & Environment

Science and environment are woven into every minute of everyday life. We create, nurture, and expand our understanding of our world through thoughts and actions every day. Exploration is not limited to size: you can find wonder in a grain of sand or a whole galaxy. Your Library is a launch point for growth and discovery—check out our collection of books, videos, activities, and events to start a new scientific, environmental journey.

September 21-27, 2020 is Science Literacy Week in Canada. This year's theme is: B is for Biodiversity. Dive into to the mysteries of our planet, locally! Check out our recent content below for inspiration.

Science Literacy Week 2020

In celebration of science, all across Canada from September 21 – 27, 2020 Science Literacy Week events and activities will be taking place. Halifax Public Libraries is joining in on the excitement, virtually.

The theme this year is Biodiversity. Protecting the diversity of species on planet Earth is critical for conservation. Nature is a defining feature of Canada. Did you know Canada has more freshwater lakes than all other nations combined? And that Canada has the longest marine coastline in the world? And Canada has one-quarter of the wetlands remaining on Earth? Science Literacy week is a great time to get out and explore the great outdoors and the unique and amazing environments that surround us.

Explore our recent content below to dive into bioversity!

Blogs & Activities

9 Scintillating Science Reads for Adults

Science Literacy Week is about examining our unique relationships with science. Here are some of our favourite new science books.

10 Science Literacy Reading Recommendations for Kids

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it's science! Here are some of the coolest books for kids to check out this Science Literacy Week and beyond.

Biodiversity: It's in Your Backyard!

Sept. 21-27 is Science Literacy Week. Celebrate the beautiful biodiversity of Nova Scotia and send us a photo for our Biodiversity gallery.

Alice Ball: Early 20th Century African American Chemist

By Teen Blogger, Sally | "She accomplished a lot at a young age despite the adversity she faced. She saved many lives..."

Get Crafting: Make Your Own Outdoor Xylophone

With warm weather comes chances to do neat things outside! If you love music, you're going to love this simple outdoor musical craft.

Lil Floof and Family: Central Library's Unofficial Mascots

Since 2017, Lil Floof and her family have become Library stars, with many Haligonians following the family tree and all its branches.

Let's Get Messy...with Water!

A great way to explore sensory play, reduce clean up, and take advantage of the sun is outdoor water play. Go outside and make a "mess"!

Full STEAM Ahead: Math Projects for Kids of All Ages

Whether you realize it or not, we use math every day—to tell time, play games, cook. Explore the "M" in STEAM through at-home activities.

Get Creative With Your Kids!

Dreaming up fun activities to keep your kids busy and engaged is hard work. Luckily, we have some ideas to help your family get creative.

Full STEAM Ahead: Technology Projects for Kids of All Ages

There are so many great resources out there for us to gain new skills in technology. Here are five of our favorites.

Full STEAM Ahead: Science Projects for Kids of All Ages

Here are some of our favourite at-home activities you can with kids to teach them about different areas of science and fuel their curiosity.

The Science of Kinetic Sand

Here's the recipe for Kinetic Sand, a sand that feels wet, but isn't. Get creating!

Fidget Spinners, Fortnite, and Science

An interview with Library staff member, Chantale Pard | STEM is all the rage. And Chantale wrote the book on it. Literally.

The Science of Play Dough

This September, we celebrate Science Literacy Week. Read on to dig into this squishy recipe and learn about the chemistry behind it.

Encouraging Curiosity

By Guest Blogger, Sally Marchand, WISEatlantic | "It seems that the older we get, the less curious we are about the world around us."

Socially Responsible Investing

Written by Guest Blogger Steve MacLellan, P.Eng, "The Financial Engineer." Steve has presented at Central Library's Small Business Café.
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