Main Library to host exhibition on human evolution

The Yuma County Library District will host the traveling exhibition Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? after the library was selected through a national competition offered by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

“We are so excited that the Yuma County Library District is one of just six public libraries in the country to be selected to host this unique and fascinating exhibit,” said Library Director Lisa Mendez. “You won’t want to miss seeing the Main Library transformed into a science museum. We have an impressive line-up of programs planned, with offerings for kids and adults. Mark your calendars!”

In addition, scientists and other experts from the NMNH Human Origins Program will visit Yuma to host events for the community, including a science program, educator workshop, community conversations and more.

Through panels, interactive kiosks, hands-on displays and videos, Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? invites viewers of all ages to explore to learn about the milestones in the evolutionary journey of becoming human.

The traveling exhibition encourages a public conversation that focuses on multiple perspectives of what it means to be human — one that embraces the ideas and beliefs of non-scientists and fosters greater appreciation of the complexity of the science of human evolution.

The exhibition will open at the Main Library on December 1, 2023 and close on January 15, 2024.

The Main Library is located at 2951 S 21st Drive. The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information, call (928) 782-1871.

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