The Science Friday Book Club is back this spring! This time we are exploring the past, present and future of the search for life on Mars (and the author’s place within that history as an environmental geoscientist) with Sarah Stewart Johnson’s The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World. Published in 2020, the book follows the history of humanity’s fascination with Mars, and what we discovered about its history—and ourselves—when we finally got the chance to see its surface clearly. Part personal memoir and part scientific historical journey, Johnson gives us a glimpse into years of passionate research about the red planet and our history of looking up at it.
Tilton’s discussion of this book will take place on TUESDAY MARCH 22 AT 7PM, inside the Children’s Room. Please wear a mask.
TO GET A COPY OF THE BOOK THROUGH THE TILTON LIBRARY, CALL OR EMAIL US OR PLACE A HOLD THROUGH CWMARS Here.
Tilton Library is a Partner Library with Science Friday, an award-winning producer of high quality, fact-checked, and trustworthy science news. For 30 years Science Friday has been a radio program (aired locally at 2pm on Fridays at NEPM Network on 89.3 and 91.7 FM radio or online streaming), and in recent years they have added podcasts, live events, and citizen science, all providing entertaining educational stories & experiences about science, technology, and other cool stuff.
Tilton Library participates in the Science Friday Book Club (a.k.a. SciFri Book Club), which happens twice a year in the fall and spring for about 4-6 weeks. We read the chosen book, listen to the radio/podcast discussions where often times the author is interviewed, and then have our own in person discussion of the book.
Tilton also receives grant money from Science Friday to host science-related programs and purchase items for our collection that patrons can borrow. For example, with the current book, Sirens of Mars, we have purchased a zoom monocular scope to which a smartphone can be attached to take amazing pictures of the night sky.