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 in support of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a series of events building community while lifting the voices of women in science.
NEA Big Read Children’s Book Meetup: Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist
NEA Big Read: Girls Do Science
NEA Big Read Keynote: Emily Graslie
by Hope Jahren
Autobiography of a geobiologist celebrating the lifelong curiosity, humility and passion that drives every scientist.
Target ages: Teen & Adult.
by Jeannine Atkins
Novel celebrating the lives of three girls in three different time periods who grew up to become scientists.
Target ages: Grades 5 & up.
Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist
by Christine Evans
The true story of a world-traveling bug scientist told with beautiful illustrations.
Target ages: Grades 1-5.
Swimming with Sharks
by Heather Lang
A richly-illustrated picture biography of scientist Eugenie Clark’s groundbreaking shark research.
Target ages: Grades K-3.
NEA Big Read Series Schedule
Sept. 14 to 19, 2020– Book Pickup
Sept. 19, 2020– NEA Big Read Kickoff: Lab Blitz
Sept. 24, 2020– Fieldwork Fails
Oct. 13, 2020– Book Meetup: Lab Girl
Nov. 17, 2020– Book Meetup: Lab Girl
Dec. 5, 2020– Book Meetup: Swimming with Sharks
Jan. 12, 2021– Book Meetup: Lab Girl
Jan. 30, 2021– Book Meetup: Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist
Feb. 13, 2021– Girls Do Science
Feb. 19, 2021– Keynote Speaker: Emily Graslie
March 18, 2021– Keynote Speaker: Robin Wall Kimmerer
March 27, 2021– Book Meetup: Finding Wonders
Featured Past Events
FREE book reservations are now closed but the library has some copies available to borrow.
The goal of the NEA Big Read is to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.
This series will also discuss three additional books and all four will be available for FREE! There are a limited number of copies so be sure to sign up soon. Each family will be able to select one of the four books for FREE and choose a time and place for pickup. Sign up below!
FREE Book Reservation: Monday, Aug. 31 – Friday, Sept. 11, 2020
Book Pickup: Monday, Sept. 14 – Friday, Sept. 19, 2020
Book Pickup Locations:
- Florida Museum of Natural History – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Alachua County Library District Headquarters Library – 1 to 5 p.m.
- Alachua County Library District Alachua Library – 1 to 5 p.m.
- Alachua County Library District Millhopper Library – 1 to 5 p.m.
- Alachua County Library District Tower Road Library – 1 to 5 p.m.
This FREE virtual event took us behind-the-scenes and into the labs of Florida Museum scientists! Learn about their experiences as local women in STEM, see cool objects and hear encouraging words of wisdom for future researchers.Read blog post
- Nicole Cannarozzi, Collection Manager of the Florida Museum Environmental Archaeology Collection
- Pam Soltis, Distinguished Professor and Curator of the Florida Museum’s Molecular Lab
- Sarah Steele Cabrera, Research Assistant in the Florida Museum’s Daniels Lab
- Carmi Milagros Thompson, Collection Manager of the Florida Museum Invertebrate Paleontology Collection
Science is never perfect, it can be unpredictable, hilarious and fun! Join us via Zoom for a night of storytelling, science and fun. This special evening, presented in partnership with Guts & Glory GNV, is a FREE virtual event featuring personal and true stories told by real scientists!Read blog post
- Allison Bordini, Outreach Assistant for the Florida Museum’s Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics
- Trista Brophy-Duron, Ph.D. student in UF’s School of Natural Resources and Environment
- Aditi Jayarajan, Ph.D. student in the Florida Museum’s Mammals Collection
- Laurel Kaminsky, Lepidoptera Digitization Coordinator in the Florida Museum’s Kawahara Lab
- Nattapol Kraisitudomsook, Ph.D. Student in UF’s Department of Plant Pathology
We zoomed with Heather Lang, the author of Swimming with Sharks, a richly-illustrated picture biography of scientist Eugenie Clark’s groundbreaking shark research, as well as two women scientists who have worked with sharks.
Target ages: Grades K-3
- Heather Lang, author of Swimming with Sharks
- Shannon Corrigan, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Florida Program for Shark Research
- Lindsay French, STEM Education Coordinator at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.