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Director's Book Club Resumes in September and October
- Selection is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" -

BROWARD COUNTY, FLThe popular Broward County Library book talk series “Director’s Book Club” will resume with Library Director Allison Grubbs discussing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot online on September 29th and in-person on October 7th, 13th, and 21st.

Grubbs’ non-fiction selection is a compelling story of medical ethics, race relations and scientific breakthroughs which subsequently became a #1 New York Times bestseller and the subject of a film featuring Oprah Winfrey.

The book recounts the story of African American cancer patient Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were used beginning in the 1950s without consent or compensation for groundbreaking biological research for polio, cancer and space travel. Skloots describes how descendants of Lacks discovered that her cells were being bought and sold in labs around the world while she remained impoverished.

“This is a perfect title to reintroduce the Director’s Book Club,” says Grubbs. “It’s one of my all-time favorites, and well worth reading. It’s an eye-opener.” 

Grubbs will discuss the book at the following interactive book discussions:

-Online Date/Time: Wednesday, September 29 from 3:30-5PM: Register

-In Person: Northwest Regional Library, 3151 North University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065, 954-357-7990 
Date/Time: Thursday, October 7 from 2-3:30PM: Register  

-In Person: West Regional Library, 8601 West Broward Boulevard, Plantation, FL 33324, 954-765-1560 
Date/Time: Thursday, October 21 from 11AM-12:30PM: Register

-In Person: Hollywood Branch, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33020, 954-357-7760 
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 13 from 3:30-5PM: Register 

Registration is requested; for additional information, contact Michael Bryant at or 954-357-7435.

About Broward County Libraries
Broward County Libraries Division, named 2020 and 2015 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association, was founded in 1974 and is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 7.5 million walk-in customers visiting its 38 locations annually. Broward County Libraries Division provides convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. Visit our website,, or follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

DATE: July 12, 2021
Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division