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Dr. Melanie Peffer, High Plains Regional Library Writer in Residence 2021
Dr. Melanie Peffer, 2021 High Plains Library District Writer in Residence

When: Saturday August 14th‭ ‬@‭ ‬2:00-4:00

Program Description‭:‬

Take a nature walk with our 2021‭ ‬Writer in Residence‭, ‬Dr‭. ‬Melanie Peffer, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the science happening all around us‭. ‬But be warned‭: ‬you may never look at your back yard the same way again once you discover that biology is everywhere‭!‬


Dr‭. ‬Melanie Peffer is a writer‭, ‬speaker‭, ‬researcher‭, ‬and educator originally from Pittsburgh‭, ‬PA‭. ‬She has lived in Greeley for the last five years‭.‬

Dr‭. ‬Peffer is affiliated with the University of Colorado Boulder as a researcher in the Institute of Cognitive Science and teaches introductory biology as part of the Health Professionals Residential Academic Program‭. ‬Over the last ten years‭, ‬she has taught biology to a variety of audiences and researched how people learn and understand science‭, ‬particularly biology‭. ‬She also frequently writes on topics ranging from motherhood in STEM to science communication‭.‬

Dr‭. ‬Peffer is author of the best-selling book‭,‬‮ ‬Biology Everywhere‭: ‬How the science of life matters to everyday life‭.‬‮ ‬Biology Everywhere‮ ‬is a journey through the science of life as told through our daily experiences‭. ‬She was invited to speak on‮ ‬Biology Everywhere‮ ‬at TEDxCU in April 2021‭ ‬and collaborated with TED-ED to produce a lesson based on‮ ‬Biology Everywhere‭.‬

She plans to spend her residency working on a children’s spin-off series‭. ‬In the children’s book‭, ‬we follow the path of a small child exploring the biology in their immediate environment in Weld County‭. ‬The children’s book would target children in late elementary grades when children begin to read to learn‭ (‬rather than learn to read‭). ‬This is‭ ‬also an age when groups underrepresented in the sciences‭, ‬such as girls‭, ‬begin to feel less like a scientist and lose interest‭ ‬in the sciences‭.‬

Since the book series presents a child exploring their immediate environment‭, ‬one shared by children living in Weld County‭, ‬children will identify with the main character and be able to readily apply what they are learning to their lives‭. ‬This increases the appeal of the content‭, ‬fostering continued interest in reading‭, ‬positive views about science‭, ‬and a sense of belonging in our‭ ‬community‭.‬

When not writing‭, ‬Dr‭. ‬Peffer enjoys playing her flute and piccolo and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer in the great outdoors with her husband and son‭.‬

Also coming soon…

Join Carbon Valley Regional Library On August 7 For The We Are Water Exhibition Opening-Day Celebration.

Through the “We are Water” exhibition‭, ‬community members of all ages are invited to explore their shared watershed and local ecosystems‭, ‬connect with neighbors through their common and unique experiences with water‭, ‬share their memories and stories‭, ‬and come‭ ‬together to imagine a future for water in their communities‭. ‬At the opening celebration‭, ‬community members can come and learn even more about water through activities and booths hosted by organizations in your community‭, ‬such as the Central Colorado Water‭ ‬Conservancy District and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies‭.‬

Find out more about programs and upcoming events by visiting or stopping by Carbon Valley Regional Library at 7 Park Avenue, Firestone, CO 80504