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This guide provides examples of movies that can be shown at public libraries to get patrons interested in science.
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This guide provides information for public librarians who would like to create a science program for their libraries. Popular movies about scientific topics, such as animals, volcanoes, or other planets, can be used to get patrons interested in nonfiction science materials. When screening a movie, materials relating to its topic(s) should be selected and set out for patrons to browse afterward. Using WorldCat, I found examples of books that could be used for a science movie program. Lists of books for adults and children can be found on the right side of a topic's page. Patron interest in these materials can be further encouraged discussing a movie and its science after viewing it. YouTube videos embedded throughout this guide can be used as an introduction to these topics for both librarians and patrons. A variety of movies have been chosen for each topic. It is important to take a movie's rating and subject matter into consideration when deciding who the audience for a program should be. It is also important to make sure that the library can legally show a movie to patrons. Some movies come with licenses giving permission for this purpose, but sometimes it is necessary to obtain a public performance license. Information about these licenses can be found at the website for the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation.


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Books for adults

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Little Book of Big Ideas: Science - Peter Moore
ISBN: 9781556526657
Publication Date: 2007-05-28

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The Science Book - Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
ISBN: 9781465419651
Publication Date: 2014-07-21


Books for children

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Science - Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
ISBN: 9780756671617
Publication Date: 2011-02-21

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Science - Jon Balchin
ISBN: 1592700179
Publication Date: 2003-10-01


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