Join us at Speer Memorial Library in Mission on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, for a discussion of Hidden Figures, to take place in the library’s Community Room at 5:30 p.m. in Spanish, and at 6:30 p.m. in English. Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss the book.

In 1943, the U.S. Government desperately needed help. With World War II raging and millions of young men serving as soldiers, sailors, and pilots, Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia, put out a call for physicists, mathematicians, and other qualified people to handle the aerodynamics testing and calculations needed to turn combat aircraft prototypes into air-worthy machines capable of winning the war.

Answering the call were a number of African American women—mathematics teachers from segregated public schools in the South—who were hired at Langley as “computers”. Many of these exceptionally gifted women stayed on after the war, working with the space program when Langley became part of NASA, and did the basic trajectory calculations that put humans in space and on the moon.

Written by Margot Lee Shetterley, and first published in 2016, Hidden Figures is the little-known but true story of African American women whose behind-the-headlines work made the difference in war and in space—women who used their extraordinary talents to combat racism and discrimination both abroad and at home.

We will have some copies of the book available for check out to those who sign up for the book discussion, or you can stop by our library’s Reference Desk, or call at 580-8754, and we will try to obtain a copy for you via Interlibrary Loan. This title is also available as an eBook at

For more information, or to sign up for the book discussion, please call William Renner or Rose Alvarez at 580-8754 or 580-8750. You can also register at the Reference Desk, or by email at


Speer Memorial Library is located at 12th and Kika De La Garza in Mission.