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Check It Out @ The Library - March 8, 2018

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. ”Hidden Figures“ by Margot Lee Shetterly. “Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne“ by David Starkey

Check it out @ The Library

March is Women’s History Month, so check out a book about the women who made the world the place it is today.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.  Known to most scientists simply as “HeLa”, Henrietta Lacks was a poor tobacco farmer.  Her immortality comes from the cells harvested from her that then became key tools in modern medicine.  Polio vaccine, cancer research, virus research, the effects of atomic radiation, in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping have all benefited incredibly from HeLa cells.  Amazing advances in science and medicine from cells taken without consent or knowledge of Henrietta or even her family until more than twenty years after her death.  From meagre beginnings to the heights of scientific research, follow the unknowing contribution of one woman to humanity.  

“Hidden Figures“ by Margot Lee Shetterly.  America made it into space not with computers, but with a group of female mathematicians with pencils, slide rules, and adding machines.  Among them was a group of African American women, math teachers from southern segregated schools.  Starting at Langley Memorial Aeronautical Lab during the WWII labor shortages, the women became Langley’s all black “West Computing” group.  Following the story of four such women from WWII to the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement.  

“Elizabeth The Struggle for the Throne“ by David Starkey.  Vilified as everything from illegitimate and a traitor and hailed as England’s most successful ruler, Elizabeth lead a tumultuous life of danger and adventure.  Better educated than most women of that time, she proved an apt pupil and an eager learner, both qualities benefiting her greatly later in her reign.  An incredible woman whose life, at times, reads as even stranger than fiction, Elizabeth I  was the leader required for her time and place in the world.  

Happening at The Library

Lego Club is back!  Every 2nd and 4th Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.  Elementary students are invited to come to the library for Lego Club, with a building project every meeting followed by free build time.

If you don’t feel like leaving the house, you can always check the host of resources available through our website.  Audiobooks, eBooks, magazines, and even video available at any hour of the day online through your computer, phone, or tablet.

Come visit us at the library Monday through Wednesday noon to 8 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm.  You can also visit our Facebook page-Clarion Iowa Public Library or our website

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