Science and Math

KPL staff-selected resources. We welcome your comments and suggestions.


Staff Recommends

The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet  by Heidi Cullen100 Most Important Science Ideas: Key Concepts in Genetics, Physics and Mathematics  by Mark  HendersonThe pParmigan's Dilemma: An Exploration into how Life Organizes and Supports Itself  by John ThebergeOceans: The Threats to Our Seas and What You can do to Turn the Tide  by Jon BowermasterPacking for Mars  by Mary Roach

Databases (most require KPL library card)

InfoTrac All Using PowerSearch

Magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, ebooks available in the library or at home with your KPL library card or with your Michigan Driver's License or ID by going to
Includes Computer Database; Custom Newspapers; General Reference Center Gold; Grand Rapids Press; Expanded Academic ASAP; General Business File ASAP; Legal Trac; InfoTrac Onefile; Health Reference Center Academic ASAP

MeL Michigan eLibrary

Magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books provided to Michigan libraries and Michigan residents at home with their Michigan Driver's License or ID or from libraries in Michigan.  Also includes links to Michigan related websites.

World Book Encyclopedia (Home Access)

Articles from the World Book Encyclopedia.  Includes related articles from major newspapers and magazines. Graphic and multimedia enhancements, including photographs, maps, illustrations, tables, animations, and audio/video clips.

Community Resources

American Chemical Society - Kalamazoo Section

Great Minds of Tomorrow

Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Technology 5:01

Western Michigan University



Hubble Space Telescope

Immerses visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble mission, including features about Hubble's contributions to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe.

Kalamazoo Astronomical Society

Learn about  its members, activities, meetings, & online resources.

Kid's Astronomy

A kid's guide to the scientific field of Astronomy.

Welcome to the Planets

Collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program.


A+ Math

Improve your math skills

AAA Math

Basic math skills K-8th grade


Math skills from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Math Baseball

Learning math.



Space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Information on our environment, from daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce.

Open Directory Project - Science

Links to many sites of interest for science information.

Public Library of Science

"PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource."

Science Fair Project Resource Guide from the Internet Public Library

Guide leading through the necessary steps to successfully complete a science experiment.

Gateway to government science information provided by U.S. Government science agencies.


Tracking trends and performance in basic research.

USGS-U.S. Geological Survey

"Your source for science you can use."

USGS-U.S. Geological Survey - Science Topicss

USGS science programs and activities.

World Wide Science

"a global science gateway connecting you to national and international scientific databases and portals."

View all Topic Guides

Voyage of Columbus, On this the final spacewalk for the STS-122 Atlantis crew, astronaut Rex Walheim holds onto a handrail and spreads his arms at the Columbus laboratory, the newest piece of hardware on the International Space Station.

Voyage of Columbus, On this
the final spacewalk for the
STS-122 Atlantis crew,
astronaut Rex Walheim holds
onto a handrail and spreads his
arms at the Columbus laboratory,
the newest piece of hardware on
the International Space Station.

Photo: NASA