Montshire Picks at Norwich Public Library

Montshire Museum of Science is helping us celebrate summer reading with #MontshirePicks!

Staff members at the Montshire have offered recommendations of books celebrating space, exploration and discovery, and of course, science! We’ll have their thoughtful selections on view at the library for checkout, and some are available through searching the library’s OverDrive collection, too.

Kids and their families who return their summer reading bingo cards to the circulation desk will be entered into a drawing for a special tour of the Montshire’s outdoor trail Planet Walk.

The museum is also hosting their own space-themed programming in celebration of the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary. Thanks for being our neighbor, Montshire!

Jennifer Rickards, Deputy Director 

Every Soul a Star / Wendy Mass. A wonderful YA book about young teens finding their way under the night sky.

The Magician’s Elephant (also available as an e-Book via Overdrive) / Kate DiCamillo. The best book I’ve read in ages. All sorts of things come from the night sky: an elephant, snow, moonlight, and hope.

The Fault in our Stars  (also available as an Audiobook and available via Overdrive). / John Green. A beautifully tragic teenage love story (with the slimmest of connections to the stars).

I, Robot (via overdrive as an e-Book) / Isaac Asimov. Classic science fiction from a master!

The Hitchhikers’s Guide to the Galaxy available via overdrive as e-Audio or as an e-Book) / Douglas Adams. The lone surviving human hitchhikes his way through the galaxy. A classic everyone should read!

Dune / Frank Herbert. One of Dune’s many claims to fame is that planetary names in the book have been used to name features in our solar system.

The Dog Stars (also available via Overdrive as e-Audio or an e-Book) / Peter Heller. A delightful post-apocalyptic story about a man and his dog, surviving loneliness and searching for human connection.

Katie Kalata Rusch, Exhibits Developer

Ada Lace: Take Me to Your Leader, available with an ILL request / Emily Calandrelli. For the kiddos interested in space! Part of the Ada Lace series, in which the ever-curious Ada uses her mad science and tinkering skills to rebuild a ham radio, only to discover what might be communication from another planet! It’s a perfect out-loud read, with chapters being reasonable bedtime story-length.

Lorin Durand, Camp-In Coordinator 

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, available with an ILL request / Dava Sobel. The true story of John Harrison’s life-long commitment to determining longitude when at sea. At stake is a timekeeper’s precision during fair or foul weather and the ability to accurately map coastlines and navigate storms! Sobel deftly outlines a brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clock-making spinning a tale you’ll want to revisit in all weather.

Marcos Stafne, Executive Director

Pluto’s Ghost: A Suspense Novel, available with an ILL request / B.C. Chase. Mixes real science with adventure. A message from Voyager puts the world on a fast-paced race to Pluto. Joining the crew of astronauts and scientists is a mysterious 75-year-old trucker who’s been handpicked to travel to Pluto for unknown reasons. It’s definitely a page turner!

Rebecca Haynes, Science Educator and Lead Explainer 

The Martian (also available as an Audiobook and as an e-Book from Overdrive / Andy Weir. Space travel, engineering, and botany — it cannot get better than this!

The Stars / H.A. Rey. This is hands-down the best introduction to night time astronomy for adults. Don’t be fooled by finding it in the juvenile section! [ NPL staff have not been fooled, Rebecca! We’ve shelved it in adult non-fiction 😉 ]

Thing Explainer / Randall Munroe. A hilarious book that explains the scientific workings of the world in the most basic language with fantastic line drawn illustrations. His explanation of the “Up Goer 5” (aka the Saturn V that brought the first people to the moon) is truly unique.

What If / Randall Munroe. This wonderfully nerdy book poses ridiculous questions across the scientific fields including “Sunless Earth” and “Alien Astronomers.”

Honor Hingston-Cox, Marketing Assistant 

In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969, available with an ILL request / Francis French.

My Very First Space Book, available with an ILL request / Emily Bone

Spacebusters: The Race to the Moon, available with an ILL request / Philip Wilkinson

Rhiannon DeRemer, Visitor Receptionist 

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me / Eric Carle. Great for young children with beautiful illustrations and great text.

The Way Back Home / Oliver Jeffers. Captures the wonder and imagination of a child.

Travis Stover, Facilities Volunteer 

Tom Swift and His Polar-Ray Dynasphere, available with an ILL request  / Victor Appleton. Enjoyable read and funny, too!  

Trish Palao, Marketing and Communications Manager

Life on Mars / Tracy K. Smith. Smith explores ideas about the self, human nature, and our existence, while paying tribute to her father, a scientist who worked on the Hubble telescope. Beautiful language mixed with enjoyable pop culture references.

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