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 kicks off with a virtual Lab Blitz on Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. This virtual event invites visitors into the labs of four museum scientists: Nicole Cannarozzi, Pam Soltis, Sarah Steele-Cabrera and Carmi Thompson. Learn about their experiences as women in science while getting a sneak peek into life in the museum collections via Zoom! Register here:

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.

Limited copies of all four books will be available to pick up from the Alachua County Library District's Headquarters, Millhopper, Tower Road, and Alachua branches and the Florida Museum beginning Sept. 14. Book reservations end Sept. 10.

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



NEA Big Read Kickoff: Lab Blitz - Sept. 19, 2020 

Fieldwork Fails - Sept. 24, 2020 

Book Meetup: Lab Girl - Oct. 13, 2020

Book Meetup: Lab Girl - Nov. 17, 2020

Book Meetup: Swimming with Sharks - Dec. 5, 2020

Book Meetup: Lab Girl - Jan. 12, 2021

Book Meetup: Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist - Jan. 30, 2021

Girls Do Science 2021 - Feb. 13, 2021

Keynote Speaker: Emily Graslie - Feb. 19, 2021

Book Meetup: Finding Wonders - March 27, 2021