The NIH Library and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) are pleased to present the NIH Big Read 2018 featuring I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong. This book, published in 2016, examines the world of the microbes that exist within and around us in a fascinating tour that takes us through their history, and illuminates the impact they have on our daily lives.
We invite you to discuss the book with your NIH colleagues in a series of book discussions hosted by the NIH Library in April and May. Additionally, Institute and Center staff are encouraged to schedule and hold separate book discussions. The NIH Library is offering two sessions on how to set up and run an independent book discussion to help you get started. All discussions and training sessions will be held in the NIH Library Media Room, in Building 10.
Book Discussions: Talk about the book with your colleagues, hosted by NIH Librarians (sign up via the links below).
Book Discussion Training Sessions: Learn how to lead your own discussion (sign up via the links below).
Then, please join us on Tuesday, June 5 when author and science journalist Ed Yong visits NIH to discuss his book with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins in an informal conversation. The program will be held in Masur Auditorium, Building 10, from 1:00–2:00 p.m. After the formal program ends, there will be a Meet and Greet and book signing with Mr. Yong on the FAES Terrace in Building 10 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. followed by a reception for the author in the NIH Library from 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Get started reading now through the NIH Library’s OverDrive platform. Unlimited online access to both the eBook and the audiobook is available from April 2 through July 2 for all NIH staff. Learn more on the NIH Big Read information page.
Program Questions: Contact Kathleen McGlaughlin at the NIH Library, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NIH Big Read is intended to foster collaboration and community across NIH through the discussion about a single book over several months, culminating in a special event featuring the author of the book. The program was inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program and is being presented at NIH by the NIH Library, the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), and the Office of the Director (OD).
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