Celebrate Women In Science … Vote For Favorite

Cast a ballot at Mesa Public Library for your favorite woman in science. Photo by Katy Korkos


Who’s your favorite woman scientist? Is it Grace Hopper, or Ada Lovelace, or maybe you call her Mom? At the Los Alamos County Libraries, we’re celebrating Ada Lovelace Day with a week of programs for kids and adults, Oct. 12 through 16, and we’re going to name a public computer after your favorite woman scientist.

“A library patron brought to our attention that not one of our computers was named after a female scientist,” Reference Librarian Liza Rivera said.

The library nicknames the computers in order to distinguish one from the other.

“We had computers nicknamed for Fermi and Bethe and Von Neumann, but none of the women who made great contributions to the history of science were mentioned,” Rivera said.

In the reference area at Mesa Public Library, there is a ballot box where you can cast your vote, and there is even a spot on the ballot for a write-in candidate (such as Mom.) The ballot box is right alongside a display of books about some history-making women of science.

The woman known as ‘Ada Lovelace’ was born Ada Gordon in 1815, sole child of the brief and tempestuous marriage of the erratic poet George Gordon, Lord Byron, and his mathematics-loving wife Annabella Milbanke. Ada Lovelace worked with Charles Babbage on analytical machines, and is often referred to as the first computer programmer.

You can also learn more about women in science by attending any one of the library’s programs, Oct. 12 through 16. The Library staff has been working with the educators from the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Historical Society to bring you a great set of programs that celebrate Women in Science.

Programs for adults and families:

  • Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. screening of Top Secret Rosies MPL
  • Oct. 13at  6 p.m. Carolyn Herschel Astronomy Night WR Branch
  • Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Women in STEM panel discussion MPL

For kids, teens and families:

  • Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. Library Teen Advisory Group MPL
  • Oct. 13 at 6 Carolyn Herschel Astronomy Night WR
  • Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. Girls Invent! Family Storytime WR
  • Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. Crack the Code! Make & Take Decoding project MPL and WR
  • Oct. 15 Girls Invent! Toddler Story time MPL
  • Oct. 15 Crack the Code! Make and take Decoding project both MPL and WR

(MPL stands for Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., Los Alamos, and WR is the White Rock Branch Library, 10 Sherwood Blvd., White Rock)

For more information, call 505.662.8250 or visit the Library’s events calendar for details. http://www.losalamosnm.us/library/Lists/MesaLibraryEvents/calendar.aspx.