NEA Big Read Alachua County

Handwritten title "NEA Big Read Alachua County" beside the logos for the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Museum and Alachua County Library District.

The Alachua County Library District and Florida Museum present the National Endowment of the Arts Big Read: a series of free events building community in Alachua County and uplifting the views of women in science. This dynamic community reading program will explore the memoir Lab Girl by award-winning scientist Hope Jahren and other titles. 

Join book discussions, keynote speakers, storytelling events, and more all relating to women in STEM. Events are scheduled through March 2021 to give community members multiple ways to join the conversation and take part in the NEA Big Read.

The series kicked off with a virtual Lab Blitz on Sept. 19. This virtual event invited visitors into the labs of four museum scientists: Nicole Cannarozzi, Pam Soltis, Sarah Steele-Cabrera and Carmi Thompson. View a recording of the event below. 

Three virtual book discussions will be held in October, November, and January to discuss Lab Girl with library staff and other speakers. Additional discussions will focus on three books for younger audiences: Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins, Evelyn the Entomologist by Christine Evans, and Swimming with Sharks by Heather Lang.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


NEA Big Read Kickoff: Lab Blitz 2020