Get Ready For the NEA Big Read Alachua County

By Amanda Roland
Big Read Alachua County

The Alachua County Library District and the Florida Museum of Natural History have teamed up to bring the National Endowment of the Arts Big Read Alachua County. This will be a series of free events that highlight females in science and strengthen our community!

“The NEA Big Read is a program designed to broaden understanding of the world and bring people together through the joy of sharing a good book,” according to a Florida Museum press release. “The events aim to provide role models for future scientists and inspire curiosity, wonder and hope for all.”

These free events will run from September 2020 all the way to March 2021. You can expect book discussions, keynote speakers, storytelling and other activities to celebrate female leaders in the STEM field.

The kick-off event will be a “Lab Blitz” on September 19 at 3 p.m. It will be a virtual tour of the labs of four scientists: Nicole Cannarozzi, Pamela Soltis, Sarah Steele Cabrera and Carmi Milagros Thompson. To sign up for this event, click here!

As part of the NEA Big Read Alachua County, the county will feature the “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren, an award-winning memoir.

“We are excited to share Hope Jahren’s candid memoir with Alachua County and present engaging programs and speakers that embody the themes in her book,” said Jasmine Tran, Alachua County Library District Adult Services Senior Manager in a press release. “Books can take us inside another person’s perspective and reading programs like the NEA Big Read have the power to build our empathy and understanding on a community scale. We hope these themes of resilience and passion for science spark conversations and inspire the next generation of scientists.”

For a full list of all the activities in the National Endowment of the Arts Big Read Alachua County, click here!


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