In 2017, the Cloquet Public Library received a “Rural Gateways” Grant for STEM programming in the City of Cloquet and surrounding areas. This $3,500 National Science Foundation grant from the Califa Library Group is to provide science-based programs for adults. STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) are popular topics for children’s education, but rarely mentioned in relation to adults.

The programs funded by the grant are essentially “book club meets science cafe.” Participants can pick up a free book at the library, read it and come back to watch a short human interest video and discuss how the ideas in the book and video intersect with science in everyday life.

The next book for discussion is the nonfiction memoir, "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren, a female scientist from rural Minnesota who learned to perform lab work with her heart and her hands. It is also the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man who became her lab partner and best friend and their adventures in science that took them around the world.

The discussion and 15-minute video clip will take place at the library at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. The discussion will be led by Betsy Dugan. Light snacks will be served.

“You don’t have to have a science degree or be an English professor to attend the book discussion, “ Library Director Beth Sorenson said. “You only need to enjoy reading and want to share that experience with others.”

A signup sheet and books are available at the library. All are welcome.