Fans of Nonfiction Book Group

The Fans of Nonfiction Book Group will meet the first Wednesday of the month from 2:00 – 3:15 pm in the Computer Lab.

A new book club for people who love nonfiction books! Join us this September for our first book discussion. Visit the Reference Services Desk to pick up a copy of this month’s book. During each book meeting, Library presenters will come prepared with topic background research, providing new and interesting insights. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required and new members are welcome.

Wednesday, June 7th

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” calculated the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, fast-paced world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.