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Featured Health Topic and Selected Books

Citizen science is research done by everyday people, anytime, anywhere, to help answer questions scientists can’t answer alone. In order to turn curiosity into impact, Citizen Science Month is recognized annually in April. Libraries can serve as a hub for scientific exploration by involving patrons in citizen science projects. From collecting and sharing data, participants can develop a deeper understanding of the scientific process and health literacy through their active involvement.

To learn more, visit NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Citizen Science. Choose one of the three featured books. Then either host a digital book club discussion or, when your library reopens, apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit.

Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World by Sharman Apt Russell | The Crowd and the Cosmo: Adventures in the Zooniverse by Chris Lintott | Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes in an Age of Extinction by Mary Ellen Hannibal