Did you know that the Naturalist Center at the Academy hosts a book club for adults? Known as Bookworms, this monthly book group focuses on science-themed books hand-picked by our librarians and the group.
This book group meets after the museum closes, so you’ll have time to commute after school. Just be sure to read the work before coming, since the group jumps right into discussion.
The Naturalist Center often has these books (and many more!) available for check-out in their library. Head to the the Academy library and choose “Naturalist Center” in the dropdown menu to check availability.
Academy staff need to know to expect you, so you can be escorted to the meeting room from the business entrance off Middle Drive. To reserve a place, pick up a “ticket” on the online calendar or call 800-794-7576. Space is limited.
Bookworms Adult Book Club: Selections for Spring
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Topic: Science + Love with Primates
Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo by Vanessa Woods
Most of us know something about chimpanzees, but few of us are well acquainted with bonobos, an endangered ape, with which humans share 98.7 percent of their DNA. Join the group for a discussion of Woods’ study of these animals and her development as a scientist.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Topic: At Table: Fish No More?
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg
Considered one of the best books of 2010, Greenberg’s book explores the history on the world’s tables of the most popular fish: salmon, sea bass, cod and tuna. Join us for a discussion of how what we eat might change.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Topic: Marie Curie in Love and the Lab
Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss
Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to win two Nobels in two different fields. Join us for a discussion of this illustrated and unconventional look at her life and her science.