The NEA Big Read Program Comes to Alachua County

By Amanda Roland
NEA Big Read

The Florida Museum of Natural History and the Alachua County Library District have partnered up to bring the National Endowment of the Arts Big Read Alachua County to our community. The NEA Big Read will bring a bunch of free events to the county, highlighting female leaders in science!

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

“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.”

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

As part of this year’s NEA Big Read Alachua County, the award-winning memoir “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren will be featured.

“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 list of all the activities included in the National Endowment of the Arts Big Read Alachua County, click here!


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