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HOPE JAHREN’S LAB GIRL IS THIS YEAR’S BIG READ
he NEA Big Read is a program of the National
Endowment for the Arts designed to
broaden our understanding of our world, our
communities and ourselves through the joy
of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse
range of contemporary titles that reflect many
different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big
Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.
Orange County Library System, in partnership
with Valencia College, is one of 84 not-for-profit
organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA
Big Read campaign for 2020–2021. The two
organizations are teaming up this spring to
celebrate Lab Girl, a memoir by award-winning
American geobiologist Hope Jahren.
Readers of all ages are invited to participate
in virtual events and activities that honor the
themes of the book. The campaign kicks off
with a virtual discussion on where curiosity can
lead with The Power of Curiosity with Emily
Graslie, former Chief Curiosity Correspondent
for the Chicago Field Museum and creator of
The Brain Scoop YouTube channel. Library staff
will host book discussions and offer a free copy
of Lab Girl to all attendees to keep for their
personal libraries. Lab Girl author Hope Jahren
will offer a virtual Keynote from Oslo, Norway,
on April 17, to discuss her work as an author
and scientist. Parents with early learners are
invited to take a stroll along a StoryWalk, an
educational opportunity that invites families to
share a book posted along a popular walking
path in the community. Kids will find take-andmake craft kits at library locations and may
attend events on a wide range of subjects,
including conservation with Green Thumbs,
Dirty Feet, physics with Roller Coaster Physics,
botany with Powerful Pollinators, and the power
of mindfulness with A World of Pausabilities.
Teens are invited to attend the Women in STEM
Panel which will bring women from across the
spectrum of science, technology, engineering
and math to share what inspired them, what
by Stephanie Lum,
Assistant Manager, Melrose Center
they are doing now and how they got there.
Local chefs will offer recipes and cooking tips
with plant-based recipes, while local farmers
teach the basics of starting an herb garden
at home. Additional events for adults on
composting, mushroom cultivation and Florida
habitats and ecology will run throughout the
series from March 28 through April 24. The
campaign culminates in a Gardening Festival
day of workshops with events from local
Visit ocls.info/bigread for details on book
discussions, additional recommended reads and
reading challenges as well as a complete listing
of NEA Big Read events.
are like plants.
They grow toward
BIG READ EVENTS
Garden of My Mind
Saturday, March 27, 3 p.m.
Bring your drafts or use our prompts
and join your fellow writers in this
virtual write-in. Explore your mind
and creativity with prompts focused
on personal growth and nature.
The Power of Curiosity
with Emily Graslie
Sunday, March 28, 2 p.m.
Emily Graslie is the former Chief
Curiosity Correspondent for the
Chicago Field Museum and creator
of the The Brain Scoop YouTube
channel. Join us for a discussion on
where your curiosity can lead!
Green Thumbs, Dirty Feet
Monday, March 29, 3 p.m.
Enjoy Mother Earth and all
she has to give. Get your feet
dirty and explore in the garden
with fun games and activities.
Recommended for ages 6–9.
Science Fair Charts with Excel
Monday, March 29, 4 p.m.
Create amazing science fair charts
to wow the judges using Microsoft
Excel. Learn how to use the tools
needed to create basic graphs to
display your data. Recommended
for ages 10–12.
Roller Coaster Physics
Tuesday, March 30, 2 p.m.
Three ingredients are needed for
any good roller coaster: gravity,
energy and engineers! Build a
coaster using the Engineering
Design Process and learn about
energy. Recommended for ages
Southwest Book Club
Tuesday, March 30, 7–8:45 p.m.
Discuss the NEA Big Read selection
Lab Girl by award-winning
paleobiologist Hope Jahren. In her
memoir, she traces her childhood
in her father’s laboratory, her
longtime relationship with a
brilliant but wounded colleague
and the remarkable discoveries
they have made both in the lab
and during extensive field research
assignments. Recommended for
ages 18 and up.
Project Wild: Wild Words
Wednesday, March 31, 1 p.m.
Elementary age participants will
research naturalists and create their
very own nature journal.
Florida Habitats and Ecology
Tuesday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Caroline Chomanics of Fleet
Farming educates on the basics
of five Florida habitats including
the flora and fauna that call these
ecosystems home, as well as a
conversation on native landscaping.
Women in STEM Panel
Wednesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
Women from across the spectrum
of STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math) share what
inspired them, what they are doing
now and how they got there.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Art 101– Botanical Art
Wednesday, March 31, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Learn the history of botanical art
and create your own botanical
painting in watercolor. Participants
will need a pencil, carbon transfer
paper, watercolor paper and
– from Lab Girl
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the
Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. El proyecto NEA Big Read
es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo
Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con