Ellsworth Public Library

The NEA Big Read is a series of community events focused around one book. This year, we’re reading the memoir Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.  Hope is a geobiologist who believes that anyone can be a scientist– all you need is curiosity and to be willing to experiment.   In this spirit, we’re encouraging people to get outside and explore their backyards by taking up gardening, participating in citizen science initiatives, or planting a tree.  We’re planning workshops, presentations, a keynote speech from Amy Stewart and more!  Check out the NEA Big Read: Ellsworth Facebook page for more information!

Our Big Read will kick off on October 3 and go through the end of the month, ending on October 31.  All of our programming will be held virtually on Zoom.

Registration information for these programs is coming soon.  We’ll be adding more programming soon, so stay tuned!

Kickoff:  Women in Science Panel Discussion on Saturday, October 3 at 7 pm

To kick off the Big Read, join us for the “Women in Science” Panel Discussion featuring scientists from The Jackson Laboratory, MDI Bio Lab, and College of the Atlantic.

All Big Read events are free and open to the public, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and support from Arts Midwest.

Questions? Feel free to email neabigreadellsworth@gmail.com or call the library (667-6363).

Keynote:  Amy Stewart’s Wicked Plants on Saturday, October 10 at 7 pm

In her New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, Amy Stewart takes on Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, Stewart presents tales of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.

Find out which plant killed Abraham Lincoln’s mother, which shrub ignited a global war, and what plant has killed 90 million people. From strychnine to castor bean, from poison sumac to monkshood, from carnivorous plants to weeds that spontaneously combust, Stewart introduces an unforgettable cast of characters and tells their tales with her own wicked sense of humor.

All Big Read events are free and open to the public, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and support from Arts Midwest.

Questions? Feel free to email neabigreadellsworth@gmail.com or call the library (667-6363).

Writing Workshop:  Storytelling Techniques in Nature and Science Writing with Amy Stewart on Saturday, October 17 at 7 pm

Good nonfiction, just like good fiction, is all about storytelling.  Even when you’re reporting on the facts, your writing will be stronger when you understand how characters, conflict, drama, plot, and setting come together to create a compelling story.

In this one-hour workshop, author Amy Stewart will explore how to use storytelling methods in nonfiction writing, including plot, character, drama, setting, and conflict. She’ll discuss how those techniques can help bring the natural world to life, and answer your questions about the writing process.  This class is open to anyone with an interest in nonfiction writing, with a particular emphasis on nature, science, and the outdoors.

All Big Read events are free and open to the public, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and support from Arts Midwest.

Questions? Feel free to message us, email neabigreadellsworth@gmail.com or call the library (667-6363).