The UBC Okanagan Library has partnered with Science Literacy Week to bring science related activities to campus from September 16-22.

Following in this year’s theme of oceans, the Library has curated a collection of books and films on the subject. The books are being displayed on a shelf beside the front desk and are free to sign out. Titles include The Biology of Coral Reefs, The Oceans: A Deep History, The Extreme Life of the Sea, and Plastic Soup – An Atlas of Ocean Pollution.

Photo by Andrea Marie Tan
Photo by Andrea Marie Tan

Ocean films, including episodes of Blue Planet and other documentaries, are also available to rent from the Library. A selection of films will be screened in the Engagement Theatre in the Commons and schedule of the screenings is printed on a poster outside the Engagement Theatre and in the Library.

The Library is also partnering with the science outreach program, Let’s Talk Science, to host an event centred on marine biology. The event will feature samples of live marine invertebrates and provide students the opportunity to learn about marine life first-hand.

Let’s Talk Science will be on the first floor of the Library on Wednesday, September 18 from 1-3 pm and on Thursday, September 19 from 9-11 am.

Photo by Andrea Marie Tan
Photo by Andrea Marie Tan

There is also an artistic element to the Library’s Science Literacy Week programming which includes poetry and origami. A whiteboard has been set up behind the front desk area for students to share their favourite ocean poems (existing or improvised). A table next to the shelf of books provides various colours of origami paper along with instructions on how to fold several sea creatures.

Science Literacy Week is powered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSCERC). It aims to bring Canadian science research to the general population through a series of public all-ages events and activities across the country.

Visit https://guides.library.ubc.ca/scilit19/okanagan for more information.