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. Expand your knowledge of a science topic, engage in dialogue, and perhaps meet an author or two!
Did we mention that the book club is free? This book group meets after the museum closes, so you’ll have time to commute after school. Academy staff just 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 Fall
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Topic: California Geology
Assembling California by John McPhee
Join us to examine McPhee’s take on California’s complex geology from its mountains and verdant wine country to the San Andreas Fault system. His leisurely excavation meanders from Mexican explorer Juan Bautista de Anza’s settlement of San Francisco in 1776 to 1850s gold-mining camps to the summit of Mount Everest, made of marine limestone lifted from a shelf that once divided India and Tibet.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Topic: Stuffed Animals
Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy by Melissa Milgrom
The word “taxidermy” often conjures up images of hunting lodges, dusty dioramas or a beloved Fido, immortalized forever. Milgrom, however, delves into the unusual and sometimes obsessive world of taxidermy, from its Victorian roots with connections to natural history museums, to bizarre art-forms and the World Taxidermy Championship. Join us for a lively discussion of a book that just might change your thinking about stuffed animals.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Topic: Sustainable Living
Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainabilityby David Owen
Join in a discussion of Owen’s premise that cities, especially densely packed and compact cities like New York, are the way to live a more sustainable life.