Resources & Materials for
Public Library STEM Programs

Pushing the Limits is a collection of resources for public libraries that includes customized, online professional development about informal science learning (ISL) and public library STEM program materials.  Pushing the Limits was originally funded by the National Science Foundation in 2010 to create an initial set of four public library programs and the accompanying professional development materials. The resources were used in 100 libraries nationwide.

The results of this project identified additional opportunities to broaden the role of libraries as ISL community gateways, leading to two new initiatives, Rural Gateways and PLACE.

The Pushing the Limits team welcomes you to this site, and we hope you find that these professional development resources and library program materials help your library enhance its mission.

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Rural Gateways

Rural Gateways will help build your capacity to engage your community in STEM awareness through book, video, and discussion programs.

Through Rural Gateways, you’ll also participate in professional learning experiences, building new approaches to adult programming in your library.

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Rural Gateways is presented through a partnership of Dartmouth College, The Califa Library Group, The Institute for Learning Innovation, Dawson Media Group, and Goodman Research Group, Inc., working in collaboration with The Association of Rural and Small Libraries and the Public Library Association. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 1515241 and DRL-1010577. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

© Dawson Media Group, L.L.C., 2013 – 2017
PLACE

Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement (PLACE) provides book, video, and discussion programs supporting your community’s consideration of the local impact of climate change, and the development of their own adaptation strategies.

Through PLACE you’ll also participate in professional learning experiences, developing environmental literacy and skills for using and adapting NOAA resources in your own community.

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PLACE is presented through a partnership of the Califa Library Group, Dawson Media Group, and Goodman Research Group, Inc. This material was funded under award NA15SEC0080008 from the Environmental Literacy Grant (ELG) Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. Content was created in part under funding from the National Science Foundation Award Number: DRL-1010577. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA, the U.S. Department of Commerce or the National Science Foundation.
© Dawson Media Group, L.L.C., 2013 – 2017

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The original Pushing the Limits project was created through a partnership of Dartmouth College, The Califa Library Group, The Association for Rural and Small Libraries, Oregon State University, Goodman Research Group, Inc. and Dawson Media Group. © Dawson Media Group, L.L.C., 2013 – 2017
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