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.

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).

If you would like to see the recording of the event, please click the link below and enter the passcode r0@1E59C

https://networkmaine.zoom.us/rec/share/YqfTJkfLjH6cSWsEns9LhW-9dDGKp35yeU8_kDdC0UIffi8CbSnDyGTyJrm9q7Q.wSoTwDYHbo2AHRJc

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).

Presentation:  The Future of Maine’s Trees with Schoodic Institute on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 pm

Discover the future of Maine’s trees and learn about local citizen science initiatives with speakers from the Schoodic Institute.

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).

If you would like to see the recording of the event, please click the link below and enter the passcode K3?36@gn

https://networkmaine.zoom.us/rec/share/0oTnbjRpnrA7IV9dAQwSHiPolAwBdwoD9s-eVUopwLx01jRcqFM-mrTlKsfkngDO.kOCOyfZIodAHSTfl

Writing Workshop:  Storytelling Techniques in Nature and Science Writing with Amy Stewart on Saturday, October 17 at 7 pm  ***Please click here to register***

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).

Book Discussion on Tuesday, October 20 at 5 p.m.

Join the Northeast Harbor Library for a discussion of the NEA Big Read Ellsworth book, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Please contact Elly Andrews (rsvp@nehlibrary.org or call 276-3333) to register for this Zoom book club.

Can’t make it to a book discussion?  Follow NEA Big Read on Facebook and join the online book discussion!  We’ll post questions to the page during the month of October.

Book Discussion:  The Story of More by Hope Jahren on Thursday, October 22 at 2 p.m. ***Registration Details Included Below***

Join Bob Dodge from the Union of Concerned Scientists for a discussion of Hope Jahren’s latest book.

Please contact Abby (amorrow@ellsworthlibrary.net) to register for this Zoom book club and reserve your copy of the book.  

About The Story of More

Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist, a brilliant writer, a passionate teacher, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share this earth. In The Story of More, she illuminates the link between human habits and our imperiled planet. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind the key inventions—from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles—that, even as they help us, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like never before. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming—from superstorms to rising sea levels—and the actions that we all can take to fight back. At once an explainer on the mechanisms of global change and a lively, personal narrative given to us in Jahren’s inimitable voice, The Story of More is the essential pocket primer on climate change that will leave an indelible impact on everyone who reads it. (Description from Amazon)

About Bob Dodge:

Bob is a retired Vice President, R&D and Chief Scientific Advisor at IDEXX, developing veterinary in vitro diagnostic products for animal health. Prior to joining IDEXX, Bob held senior R&D management positions in the human healthcare field at lnteg, Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota, and at Abbott Laboratories, in North Chicago, IL. Bob holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to working in the UCS, Bob is currently Secretary of the University of Southern Maine Foundation and President of the Friends of the Osher Map Library, which supports and promotes the interests and the growth of the Osher Map Library and the Smith Center for Cartographic Education at USM.

Space is limited for this event.  Copies of the book are available for checkout at Ellsworth Public Library.

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).

Presentation:  Mary Ann Clark: Her Legacy in Ellsworth Gardens on Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm  ***Please click here to register***

Mary Ann Clark was a precocious Ellsworth teenager in the late 1800s who, after attempts at a career as a china and fine art painter, began training as a gardener and landscape architect with an apprenticeship at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. She was a member and past vice president of the Josselyn Botanical Society of Maine. From the early 1900s until the late 1930s she headed M.A. Clark Inc., a major Ellsworth greenhouse and florist. Clark was an important voice at the beginning of the Ellsworth Garden Club; it is said she chose the club’s name.

Terri Weed Cormier, a lifelong Ellsworth resident and past president of the Ellsworth Historical Society, has a vast knowledge of the city’s history from partnerships with Ellsworth historian/authors such as Mark Honey, Deale Salisbury, and Darlene Springer. Her own investigations into the stories and artifacts of Ellsworth have shed much light on our past.

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).