Festival of Science & Curiosity Library Events

15 Feb From 15 to 22 February Various City Libraries
a week long festival which takes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths out of the lab and into our everyday lives.

Join us for a week long festival which takes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths out of the lab and into our everyday lives. The festival is about inviting the people of Nottingham to share not only what they know, but also what they would like to know; it’s about celebrating curiosity, asking questions and taking a leading role in finding out the answers.

  

Fun for the whole family....

Science Fun Day – Nottingham Central Library, Saturday 15 February, 10am – 3pm

How can you use music to make shapes? What do microbes look like? What does the inside of our brain look like? Find out the answers to these questions and more with hands-on activities for all the family.

 

Science Fun Day – St Ann’s Library, Monday 17 February, 10am – 2pm

How do plants grow? What does an animal skeleton look like? What does a slinky sound like? Find out the answers to these questions and many, many more with lots of hands-on activities in your local library! Suitable for the whole family.

 

Space Rover Lego Workshop – Strelley Road Library, Monday 17 February,  2pm – 4pm

Learn all about Space Rovers by building and programming your own using Lego WeDo 2.0 in this hands on workshop. Suitable for ages 7+.  Workshop is free but must be booked as places limited. To book your free place click here. 

  

Makey Makey Music Workshop – Southglade Park Library, Monday 17 February,  2pm – 4pm

Explore how to make music and instruments out of fruit, veg and recycled stuff in this fun family digital session at the Library. Suitable ages 5+.  This session is free but please book as places are limited!
Click here to book your free place. 

 

How the Borks Became: an adventure in evolution – Bulwell Riverside Library, Monday 17 February, 2pm – 3pm

Join author Jonathan Emmett for an entertaining blend of science and storytelling and discover how the Borks evolved from blue, smooth-furred and short to yellow, shaggy-furred and tall. For children aged 5 - 9 and accompanying adults. This session is free but please book as places are limited! Click here to book your free ticket. 

 

Science Fun Day – Aspley Library, Tuesday 18 February, 10am – 2pm

How can we make plastic from sugar? What does the DNA of a strawberry look like? What can we build from LEGO? Find out the answers to these questions and many more through lots of hands-on activities in your local library! Suitable for the whole family.

 

Makey Makey Music – Hyson Green Library, Tuesday 18 February, 10am – 12pm

Explore how to make music and instruments out of fruit, veg and recycled stuff in this fun family digital session. Suitable ages 5+.  This session is free but please book as places are limited! Book your free place by clicking here. 

Space Rover LEGO workshop – Wollaton Library, Tuesday 18 February,  2pm – 4pm

Learn all about Space Rovers by building and programming your own using Lego WeDo 2.0 in this hands on workshop. Suitable for ages 7+.  Workshop is free but must be booked as places limited. Book your free ticket by clicking here. 

 

Science Fun Day – Hyson Green Library, Wednesday 19 February,  10am – 2pm  

How can we use computer games to train horses? How does electricity conduct around our bodies? What do germs look like on our hands? Find out the answers to these questions and many more with hands-on activities at the library! Suitable for the whole family. Free and no need to book.

 

 Space Rover LEGO workshop – Meadows Library, Wednesday 19 February, 2pm – 4pm

Learn all about Space Rovers by building and programming your own using Lego WeDo 2.0 in this hands on workshop. Suitable for ages 7+.  Workshop is free but must be booked as places limited. Click here to book your free ticket. 

 

Makey Makey Music – The Dales Centre, Wednesday 19 February,  2pm – 4pm  

Explore how to make music and instruments out of fruit, veg and recycled stuff in this fun family digital session.  Suitable ages 5+.  This session is free but please book as places are limited! Click here to book your free ticket. 

  

Science Themed Free Library Talks

 

 

Clifton Library Talk: Sexual reproduction in fungi for strain improvement: Thursday 6 February, 10.30am – 12pm

Many products are produced by fungi, from antibiotics to citric acid and enzymes used in washing detergents.  Discovering the sexual cycle in fungi used for the production of these products allows to select for strains with better attributes, just like farmers have done for years with agriculture and animal husbandry. This can have benefits for healthcare, economics and future food security.  Join University of Nottingham researcher Paul Brett for a fascinating talk on all things fungi!

 

 Basford Library Talk: The Science of Spaceflight, Tuesday 11 February, 10.30am – 11.30am

From the moment Yuri Gagarin blasted into space in 1961, crewed spaceflight has captured the imagination of the world. Along with the massive technological advances required to make human spaceflight possible, crewed space missions have conducted a plethora of science experiments to advance the knowledge of mankind. Fields as diverse as biology, geophysics, medicine, and astronomy have benefited from experiments in microgravity. Join Dr Amelia Fraser-McKelvie from the University of Nottingham as she summarises some of the most interesting science experiments that have taken place from the early days of the space race, through the moon landings, and right up to the cutting-edge research taking place on the International Space Station today.

 

Sherwood Library Talk: Flood Resilience and blue-green infrastructure, Thursday 20 February, 10am – 11am

 There is a recognised need for a transformative change in how cities manage water in response to increasingly frequent and extreme rainfall events, urban expansion and ageing sewer infrastructure. This talk will explore how Blue-Green infrastructure (e.g. rain gardens, green roofs, swales, wetlands and restored river channels) can help manage flood risk while delivering a range of benefits to the environment and society.

 

 

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