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

Registration Required
Tuesday
April
20
11:00​am
(Virtual Room - South Creek)
Event Category: Arts & Crafting
It’s never too early to start learning about protecting our planet! Enjoy nature-friendly stories and crafts with your little one. Recommended for ages 3 to 5.
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Registration Required
Tuesday
April
20
2:00​pm
Event Category: Science & Math
Let’s get to the root of the problem! Use your STEM skills to design a pollination system and learn how plants grow. Allow your imagination to blossom! Recommended for ages 6-12.
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Registration Required
Tuesday
April
20
2:00​pm
(Virtual Melrose Classroom 2)
Event Category: Arts & Crafting
What do Beatrix Potter, John Muir and you have in common? Nature Journals!  This class is taught by Melrose Center Fab Lab Instructors.
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Tuesday
April
20
7:00​pm
(Virtual Room - Southwest)
Join us to discuss this month's podcast listening list on the topic of Mother Earth. Like a book club, but instead of reading a pre-selected book, listen to informative and interesting podcasts. 18+
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Wednesday
April
21
6:00​pm
Event Category: Cooking & Food
Yamira Lee Johnson, head chef and founder of Breaking Bread with Mira and certified holistic life coach, takes salad to the next level with a vegan Nicoise salad with infused extra virgin olive oil.
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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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