Book Club in the Fish Bowl

Book Club: A Student-Led UCSB Reads Activity

Wed, 04/10/2024 - 5:00pm to 5:45pm
Wed, 04/17/2024 - 5:00pm to 5:45pm
Wed, 04/24/2024 - 5:00pm to 5:45pm
1st Floor, Ocean Side

Room 1359, the "Fish Bowl"
Sign up for a Book Club

The Library invites you to join a peer-led book club! Each meet up will include a book discussion and related craft activity in conjunction with the UCSB Reads 2024 book Your Brain on Art.  

April 10: Book discussion and cookie decorating activity
April 17: Book discussion and pass-the-picture drawing activity
April 24: Book discussion and collage making activity

The Library will provide refreshments, a free UCSB Reads tote bag, and free copies of Your Brain on Art to all undergraduate participants. To get your copy of the book in advance, email

These book clubs are an opportunity to connect with other undergraduate students from across campus who love reading and to engage in discussions related to the UCSB Reads 2024 selection: Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us by Susan Magsamen & Ivy Ross. The authors argue that creative activities such as painting, dancing, playing music, or expressive writing are more essential to our daily lives than we realize, and can be used to ease distress, invigorate communities, improve learning and academic achievement, or bring joy to our lives.
Susan Magsamen is the founder and director of the International Arts + Mind Lab, Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics at Johns Hopkins University. Ivy Ross is the Vice President of Design for hardware product area at Google.

In addition, participants are invited to meet up on May 8th to attend the UCSB Reads 2024 author talk at Campbell Hall together.
For more information, please email

To apply, please complete this form.

This event may be photographed or recorded.

About UCSB Reads
UCSB Reads is an award-winning campus and community-wide “one book” program led by UCSB Library whose goal is to bring the campus together to discuss important issues. A committee of faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and community members selects the next UCSB Reads book from a shortlist of engaging, interdisciplinary, and intellectually stimulating books by a living author. Learn more about the UCSB Reads program here.