National Science Foundation Grant Awarded to Summersville Public Library!


Summersville Public Library Receives Rural Gateways Grant for Science Programming in Community

We are pleased to announce that we have received a $3,500 National Science Foundation grant from the Califa Library Group to provide science-based programs for adults. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) are popular topics for children’s education, but rarely mentioned in relation to adults.

The programs funded by the grant have reading, viewing, and discussing components, a “book club meets science café.” Attendees read a pre-announced popular book selection(mostly novels), then come to the library for an event in which they discuss the book, and watch and discuss a short video where scientific ideas touched on in the book intersect with everyday life.  “The videos are engaging. There are no scientists in white coats. They’re people you would want to sit down and talk to,” said previous grant recipient Dwight McInvaill, Director of the Georgetown County Library in Georgetown, SC.

“There is often a disconnect in people’s minds about the place of science and math in our lives. Many of us think science is something done by ‘someone else.’ But really, we are all scientists! We use math and chemistry when cooking in the kitchen, farmers and miners use engineering, and artists use science when creating art. We’re not just surrounded by science, we’re all living it,” said Sarah Palfrey, Director of Summersville Public Library.

Interested in being a part of our first discussion? Call the library (304-872-0844) to check out a copy of T.C. Boyle’s When the Killing’s Done.  Want to know more about the book? Here is a review  by author Barbara Kingslover.

These programs are about how humans push their limits in extraordinary ways. The special interest videos, created especially for this project, include stories about a triple-amputee athlete, competitors in the combine demolition derby, an artist and adobe builder, and a celebrity chef.

Rural Gateways is funded through the National Science Foundation and was created through a collaboration of Dartmouth College, The Califa Library Group, the Association of Rural and Small Libraries, Dawson Media Group, and the Institute for Learning Innovation.  Visit the library’s website, find them on Facebook or sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on all classes and programs.

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