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“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Book Discussion & Movie Screening

The San Bernardino Public Library (SBPL) was recently awarded a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) through their Reading Club.  The Reading Club is designed to help libraries promote and support Health Literacy in their communities.

The SBPL has chosen The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as its book to read. Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells – taken without her knowledge in 1951 – became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. 

The San Bernardino Public Library will be hosting several events pertaining to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  They are as follows:  

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 4 pm: Book Discussion
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6 pm: Panel Discussion with guest speakers
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 6 pm: Screening of the HBO movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey
  • Thursday, March 14 at 3:00 pm: Repeat screening of the movie

These events are free and open to the public.  We have several copies of the book available to check out at our four City libraries, in addition to the eBook and eAudiobook on our website, www.sbpl.org

For more information call the Feldheym Central Library at 909-381-8238, or visit www.sbpl.org, https://twitter.com/SBCityLibrary, or https://www.facebook.com/SBPLfriends/