The "Pushing the Limits: A Reading, Viewing, Discussion Series for Rural Libraries" project is looking for 75 rural libraries to join a grant project funded by the National Science Foundation. This program extends the building blocks of science literacy to two new audiences: rural librarians and adults in the communities they serve. The goal of Pushing the Limits is to:
- strengthen adult science programming and resources in small and rural public libraries and
- enhance public interest and involvement in STEM topics -- science, technology, engineering, and math
Up to 75 public libraries in the United States will...
- receive a grant of $2500
- receive program materials including videos
- participate in an on-line training program
- The Pushing the Limits public programs will explore these ideas through a discussion led by a STEM professional (science, technology, engineering, 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 project's professional development will include strategies for selecting and collaborating with a science partner. 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.