"Pushing the Limits" Grants Available to Rural Libraries

Posted by Brigitte Rupp Vacha on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in DPI News

July 4, 2013

I am proud to announce that two public libraries in Wisconsin were awarded the phase two grant of $2,500: the Alice Baker Memorial Public Library in Eagle and the East Troy Lions Public Library. 75 rural libraries across the United States will offer STEM programming for adults in 2013-2014 through this program.

by Alli Chase

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Access the grant application at http://bit.ly/xA4Am4. Online applications must be submitted by May 15, 2013. Grant Awards will be announced June 21, 2013.

The CALIFA Library Group is opening a national search for 75 rural libraries to join a grant project funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal is to strengthen adult science programming and resources in small and rural public libraries and to enhance public interest and involvement in STEM topics -- science, technology, engineering, and math.

The “Pushing the Limits” public programs will explore these ideas through a discussion led by a STEM professional (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the local librarian, using a blended science café and book club model that integrates feature film quality videos and a recommended (popular) book reading. The overarching theme is one of real people, real stories, and real science.

The program launched with 20 pilot sites (phase 1) and is now being expanded to as many as 75 additional rural public libraries (in phase 2). It is the work of a unique team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers from Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Group, Dawson Media Group, and Oregon State University.

In phase two, up to 75 public libraries in the United States will receive a grant of $2,500, program materials including videos, and will participate in an on-line training program.

As part of the project, the rural libraries will need to identify and work with a science partner to present the programs. The science partner should be a local scholar or someone who has knowledge of science. The project's professional development will include strategies for selecting and collaborating with a science partner. - Channel Weekly, Vol. 15, No. 26 -- April 18, 2013

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