Proudly supporting NZ International Science Festival 2018

As we look forward to the start of the amazing NZ International Science Festival in Dunedin on 6th July, we have lots of science going on at the Libraries in the first week of the school holidays. Be sure to visit the Science Festival website for full details of this amazing programme. 

Why not come and build a rocket at City Library? Plus, here are some great links to broaden your science horizons:


Encyclopedia of Earth
Articles about all things relating to the natural world, including biodiversity, ecology, energy, climate change, health and pollution

Explain That Stuff
Articles about science and technology, includes a search option from an A-Z index and a topic index finder

GNS Science
Content about New Zealand landforms, ocean floor, geology, fossils and tsunami, earthquakes and volcanoes

Inventor Archive
Covers an extensive list of international inventors, browse by name or search by keyword

MetService New Zealand weather
Find out all about New Zealand weather

MetService UK weather
Find out more about weather phenomena including clouds, rain and snow

As well as information about various NASA missions, this site has material about the universe, aeronautics and technology, including some great interactive features

A simple to understand site that is all about the really cool ways the surface of the earth is constantly changing

Science Learning Hub
Activities and videos organized by broad topic, created by the University of Waikato and Curious Minds (N.Z.)

Science Poles
From the International Polar Foundation. Features scientific aspects of the Poles, including lots of articles and interviews on how the Poles contribute to our ecosystems and are being affected by Climate Change

Solar Systems Exploration
Great information about Planets and the Solar System, as well as some missions into space

The Learning Zone
From the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, contains general information about fossils, minerals, rocks, insects and the animal kingdom

Science Kids
Some fun science experiments to try



The Cosmic Web: Mysterious Architecture of the Universe. Richard Gott

Matariki: The Star of the Year. Rangi Matamua

Mt John, the First 50 Years: A Celebration of Half a Century of Optical Astronomy at the University of Canterbury. J.B. Hearnshaw

Night Skies above New Zealand. Vicki Hyde


The Disappearing Spoon: And Other tales of Madness, Love, and History of the World from the Periodic Table. Sam Kean


Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming. Paul Hawken


Caves: Exploring New Zealand's Subterranean Wilderness. Marcus Thomas


The Joy of Pi. David Blatner

E=MC2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation. David Bodanis


Under the Knife: The History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations. Arnold van de Laar

The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat. Oliver Sachs

Natural History

Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions. David Attenborough

The Natural History of Southern New Zealand. John Darby

Wild Dunedin: The Natural History of New Zealand's Wildlife Capital. Neville Peat


The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us To Love Uncertainty. Robert Crease

Now: The Physics of Time. Richard Muller

If you want more, here are some popular authors whose writing is a delight: Brian Cox, Dava Sobel, Mary Roach, James Gleick, Stephen Hawking.