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Good books broaden our horizons and inspire new conversations, no matter where we are! Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and Alachua County Library District for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a series of events building community while lifting the voices of women in science.

Enjoy this FREE virtual book discussion, featuring library staff and special guest speakers, and join in the conversation via Zoom! The series will take a close look at the experiences of local women in STEM, using the bestselling book Lab Girl as a guide.

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We recognize that not everyone may want to speak up in discussion. This is 100% okay and we want to invite you to “come as you are” to these meetings! This means if you are more comfortable listening, or even if you feel you may be behind in the reading material, we want to still open the space for you to be involved.

Book: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Autobiography of a geobiologist celebrating the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drives every scientist.

Target Ages: Teen & Adult

woman in front of tree, woman sitting on benchSpeakers:

NEA Big Read Series:

Sept. 14 to 19– Book Pickup
Sept. 19NEA Big Read Kickoff: Lab Blitz
Sept. 24Fieldwork Fails
Oct. 13– Book Meetup: Lab Girl
Nov. 17Book Meetup: Lab Girl
Dec. 5Children’s Book Meetup: Swimming with Sharks
Jan. 12, 2021Book Meetup: Lab Girl
Jan. 30, 2021– Book Meetup: Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist
Feb. 13, 2021– Girls Do Science
March 27, 2021– Book Meetup: Finding Wonders

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


Name: Chelsea Collison, Florida Museum

Phone: 352-273-2062

Email: ccollison@flmnh.ufl.edu


Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-846-2000

Website: View Venue Website

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