Salina Reads

Salina Reads is a series of events whose goal is to strengthen community connections by widening perspectives and deepening understanding about differing points of view through literature, shared experience and discussion.

About “Lab Girl”

In her memoir, Hope Jahren describes the life she’s lived and the knowledge she’s learned as a scientist trying to find her way in the world. Navigating personal and professional challenges including bipolar disorder, meager budgets, and sexist work environments, Jahren and her eccentric lab manager, Bill, learn a lot about themselves, each other, and the mysterious lives of plants.

Share Your Thoughts….

Let us know what you think by completing the response form.  Anyone who responds will be entered in the Salina Reads Raffle.   Response forms can also be completed in person and turned into a librarian at the Information Desk


Youth Recommendations

“Diary of a Young Naturalist” by Dara McAnulty (YA)

“Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science” by Jeannine Atkins (JFiction)

“She Persisted in Science:  Brilliant Women who made a Difference” by Chelsea Clinton (Picture Book)

Funding for this program is provided by Humanities Kansas, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.

This project was funded in part by the Horizons Grants Program of the Salina Arts and Humanities Foundation. Funding is provided by Horizons, a private donor group.

Upcoming Events

Past Selections

2023 — “Record of a Spaceborn Few” by Becky Chambers
2021 — “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” by W. Bruce Cameron
2019 — “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Gann
2018 — “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah; and youth selections, “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Pena and “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia
2017 — “The Last Cattle Drive” by Robert Day; and youth selections, “Old Yeller” by Fred Gipson and “Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy” by Jan Thomas
2016 — “Digging to America” by Anne Tyler and “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri; and youth selection, “The Tree in the Courtyard” by Jeff Gottesfeld
2015 — “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
2014 — “The Worst Hard Time” Timothy Egan
2013 — “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon