NEA Big Read: Lab Girl

March 28-April 24, 2021

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Orange County Library System is one of 84 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2020-September 2021. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery. This year, the Orange County Library System, in partnership with Valencia College, celebrates Lab Girl by author Hope Jahren. Visit our locations for a free copy of Lab Girl and a take-and-make craft kit - available upon request and while supplies last!  Many virtual events will take place from March 28-April 24, 2021. See scientist and author, Hope Jahren, discuss her book Lab Girl on April 17 from 12-1. Register for an NEA Big Read event today!

 

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

This project was funded under the provisions of the DLIS Florida CARES act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's DLIS Florida CARES Act program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services. www.imls.gov 

For FY2020-21 37.2% of the total cost for OCLS equipment, accessories, and services for virtual programs, events, and classes, as well as PPE and STEM Learning Kits ($64,689), is supported by Federal money;62.8% of this project ($109,311) is supported by local money. The total budget for this project is $174,000. 

 

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NEA Big Read 2020-2021

Upcoming Events

No Registration Required
Saturday
April
17
10:00​am
Event Category: Storytime
Engage in a self-guided, outdoor reading experience. StoryWalk® is an educational opportunity that invites families to stroll along a book posted on a popular walking path in the community.
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Registration Required
Saturday
April
17
11:00​am
(Virtual Melrose Classroom 2)
Event Category: Science & Math
Most plants have to make seeds to reproduce but how do the seeds get transported? We’ll talk seed specifics and design a seed! This class is taught by Melrose Center Instructors.
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Saturday
April
17
12:00​pm
Event Category: Authors, Books, Writing
Scientist and author, Hope Jahren, will discuss her book Lab Girl. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. www.ocls.info/bigread 
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Saturday
April
17
3:00​pm
(Online Technology Classroom - TEC)
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.
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Registration Required
Saturday
April
17
3:00​pm
(Virtual Room - Southeast)
Event Categories: Science & Math; Arts & Crafting
Explore the life and career of Temple Grandin, the challenges she faced and the discoveries she made in animal behavior. Create an art project based off of her discoveries. Recommended for ages 13-18.
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Take a StoryWalk®

StoryWalk® is an educational opportunity that invites families to stroll along a book posted along a popular walking path in the community. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

April 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Horizon West

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