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Covert art of the book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve BrusatteDo you love dinosaurs? Would you like to discuss the 'lost world' of dinosaurs with a leader in the field of paleontology? Join us for a discussion with paleontologist Steve Brusatte, author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World. Reading the book is not required to enjoy the program, but it is highly recommended! We own multiple copies of the book, you can place a hold on it here. This program will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. It will be held virtually via Zoom. Click here to get more details and register for the program. A Zoom link will be emailed to each registered participant on the morning of the program.

Steve Brusatte has named fifteen new species of dinosaurs, currently holds the position of Professor of Palaeontology and Evolution at University of Edinburgh, and has appeared on CBS Evening News, BBC News, and the National Geographic Channel documentary T. Rex Autopsy. You are invited to ask your questions directly to Professor Brusatte during the Q&A portion of the program, or send your questions in advance to and we'll read them aloud for you.

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs was chosen for our first ever One Book, One District program as part of this year's Summer Reading Challenge. The aim of this program is to get families reading and discussing books together, so we have chosen a book that will appeal to adults as well as teens. All ages are welcome to join us for this discussion with the author, paleontologist Steve Brusatte. If you have read the book and would like to discuss it even furthur, visit the library's Goodreads page where a discussion board has been set up for this title. Anyone is welcome to post there and keep the discussion going. 

Don't forget, if you read The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, you can earn the One Book, One District activity badge for the Summer Reading Challenge! If you want to learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge or haven't signed up yet, click here. There's still time to log reading hours and complete lots of fun activities! All patrons who complete the Summer Reading Challenge will be able to come in and pick out a free book!

If you have any questions about the Ask a Paleontologist program on July 25, or about the Summer Reading Challenge, please feel free to call us at 847-428-3661 or email us at