click to enlarge How to get a free copy of Lab Girl
Photo courtesy of Lincoln Land Community College.
LLCC Community Education program assistant and Academy of Lifelong Learning member Jennifer Lewis. She is prepping the books to add a Big Read label inside the cover and stuffing them with an NEA Big Read bookmark.

Over 1,000 copies of Lab Girl will be available for free and distributed through curbside events and local libraries. For up-to-date information, go to

Curbside pickup:

• Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2941 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield

• March 1, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Union Baptist Church,

1405 E Monroe St., Springfield

• Beginning March 1, while supplies last, copies can also be picked up from Lincoln Library (217-753-4900) and Lincoln Land Community College Library (217-786-2354). Contact these libraries directly for book availability, large print and audio options, and operating hours.

Visit a "Little Library" in your neighborhood, and after you've read the book return it to the Little Library for others to enjoy. Other area libraries will also have copies available for checkout. –Karen Witter

About The Author

Karen Ackerman Witter

Karen Ackerman Witter started freelance writing after a 35-year career in state government holding various senior leadership positions. Prior to retiring she was associate director of the Illinois State Museum for 14 years. She is the past president of the Kidzeum Board of Directors and is an active volunteer...

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