Community Read 2018-02-02T09:56:27+00:00

2018 Community Read Program

This year we join local libraries and community partners for the fifth year of Longwood Gardens Community Read program, designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation. In 2018 we are celebrating women in science and horticulture. We encourage everyone to explore science and the women that push our knowledge of the richness of plant and animal life to new limits. Below are DMNH Community Read programs and events for all ages. Get the books and start reading!

Lab Girl is a fascinating, well-written memoir that invites you along Hope Jahren’s journey to become (and prosper as) a scientist. Her personal frankness in meeting challenges is inspirational, and she delivers the message with her own spirited voice and personality. Lab Girl is sure to spark thoughtful conversations throughout the community.

Tree Lady tells the true story of Kate Sessions, a girl who loved trees, wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, and was fascinated by science. Her passion for trees eventually transformed a whole city. Kate Sessions was the first woman to receive the Frank N. Meyer Medal, an award given for exemplary service to horticultural science.

Women In Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more!

DMNH Programs

Book Club Rental Opportunity

January – April, 2018

Looking for a fun, new twist to enhance your book club?  The Delaware Museum of Natural History invites local book clubs to rent the Museum for their next book club event.   Club participants will enjoy a special discounted rate that includes rental of the Museum, a behind the scenes tour of our Collections & Research Department to learn about the Museum’s own women in science, a hands-on experiment in our Investigation Lab, a live animal presentation, and a wine and cheese social!  Looking for a good book to discuss?  We strongly recommend the national bestseller “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren (one of the featured books of the Longwood Gardens Community Read Program.)

For more information about renting the Museum email or call 302-658-9111, ext 301.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

January 15 – April 30, 2018

In collaboration with the Longwood Gardens Community Read Program, we invite guests to visit key exhibits at Delaware Museum of Natural History featuring excerpts from the book, “Women in Science:  50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World” written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky.  From conservationists to paleontologists to marine biologists, the women highlighted in this book have helped pave the way for today’s females in the science field.

Fee:  Free with paid admission to the Delaware Museum of Natural History

Mobile Museum Program: Tree Huggers

In partnership with the Longwood Garden Community Read program; we’ll begin the program by reading the empowering story from H. Joseph Hopkins, The Tree Lady. Take a look at animals that love trees just as much as the story’s heroine, Katherine! This program will have you interacting with live animals that help plant trees around the world!  This program is suitable for: libraries, school groups, 4-5 year old preschool classes, and homeschool groups!

  • Fee: $100 per program
  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Maximum: 40 Participants

To schedule your program email: or call 302-658-9111, ext. 322.

2018 DMNH Community Read Events