Staff Picks


March 2021 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2021/03/06

Brenda’s Pick: The reality bubble by Ziya Tong This book takes aim at humanity’s willful blindness through a series of chapters that create an awareness of wonder and then shows the underbelly. The mind-opening facts and examples conclude in the final chapter, “Revolution”. “The greatest scientists in the world are remembered because they burst our


January 2021 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2021/01/19

Brenda’s Pick: The smallest lights in the universe by Sara Seager Toronto-born author/astrophysicist, Sara Seager was recently named an officer of the Order of Canada for her research and study of extra solar planets. Her engaging memoir is such a mix of highs and lows from her love and fascination with the stars and planets to


November 2020 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2020/11/10

Becky’s Pick: Caste : the origins of our discontents by Isabel Wilkerson Reading through the last chapters of Caste: the Origins of Our Discontent during the days around the 2020 US presidential election was no less than terrifying. Wilkerson uses her journalistic skills to amazing effect, the writing is both beautiful to read and brings into


September 2020 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2020/09/10

Brenda’s Pick: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese This novel appeared over 10 years ago. Written by a doctor, the story follows the lives of identical twin boys, Shiva and Marion. Set in Ethiopia, the story has so many levels of family life, medicine and physicians, political unrest, coming of age, loyalties and love…but written


Summer Reading Club Mission 7 – Radical Rockets!

Last Updated 2021/06/14

This week is Radical Rockets! This week we’ll be making slingshot rockets! The mission tutorial is available here. The Mission Sheet is available here. The instruction sheet is available here. Fins printout is available here.


Summer Reading Club Mission 6 – Awesome Extraterrestrials!

Last Updated 2021/06/14

Mission 6 is Awesome Extraterrestrials! This week we’ll be designing our own aliens! All you need is a pencil or pen, paper, and the planetary profiles. Check out our video tutorial here We also have a bonus video from artist Luke Ramsey! There is also a bonus colouring sheet! The Mission Sheet is available here


Summer Reading Club Mission 5 – Silly Sci-fi Stories!

Last Updated 2021/06/14

Mission 5 is Silly Sci-fi Stories! This week we’ll be writing our own wacky space mad-libs! All you need is a pencil and the mad libs available here. If you’ve never done mad-libs before, or just want a reminder, you can check out our video. Our instruction sheet is also available.


Summer Reading Club Mission 4 – In the Dark: Star Mythology

Last Updated 2021/06/14

Mission 4 is In the Dark: Star Mythology! This week we’ll be inventing our own constellations and making shadow puppets representing them. The mission video is available here. We’ve also got a bonus video from audio wizard extraordinaire Theo Angell detailing how to construct an interstellar soundtrack to accompany your puppets. Resources: –Instruction Sheet –Setting/Conflict/Resolution


Summer Reading Club Mission 3 – Light up the Sky!

Last Updated 2021/06/14

Mission 3 is Light up the Sky! This week we’ll be making Light-up exploded stars! The Tutorial Video is available here. Resources: -Exploded Star images -Instruction Sheet -Circuit Instruction Sheet


Summer Reading Club Mission 2 – Planetary Poetry

Last Updated 2021/06/14

Mission 2 is Planetary Poetry! The tutorial for planetary poetry is available here. Outer Space Inspiration Poetry Examples Instruction Sheet If you want, send your poems to kids@prpl.ca