Welcome NOAA Science Partners
Congratulations on joining other science advocates to offer a series of exciting and inspiring Pushing the Limits programs in public libraries. You are joining a growing group of librarians and science partners across the country who are interested in engaging their communities in thinking and talking about resiliency and adaptation in the face of climate change. These library programs are designed to bring community members together, and promote discussions about resiliency and adaptation, as we consider the reality of climate change in our everyday lives.

Here’s a quick video overview of the project, including scenes from three libraries as they implement the programs. Note that you can use the button on the bottom right of the video to make the video go to full screen mode. When you’re using full screen mode, you’ll have the controls at the bottom of the video that will allow you to advance and rewind the video. After viewing, you can select the escape key (esc) to leave full screen mode.

Pushing the Limits Programs for Libraries
An Introduction


You may want to read Helping to Make the Library a Starting Place for Science Literacy, an essay by Dan Rockmore, who served as the Principal Investigator on the original Pushing the Limits project. Dan is the William H. Neukom Professor of Computational Science and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Dartmouth College. His deep passion for communicating STEM to public audiences has shaped his diverse pursuits including leading the development of four documentary films, numerous NPR radio commentaries, and writing for the Washington Post, The New Yorker, and the Huffington Post.arrows
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Why is the series called Pushing the Limits?
As history has shown, humans are characteristically adaptive. We are uniquely dispersed across the globe because we have figured out how to live in new ways, in new times, and in new places. Now, we are facing a new challenge. As our climate changes we have to change too, by finding ways in which we can all successfully adapt to this new normal, and build long-term resiliency. We’re pushing the limits every day to build a viable, healthy, and vibrant future.

This series focuses on how each of us can productively respond to a destabilizing environment. The science partner’s role is to help engage adult audiences in considering how climate change is affecting their daily lives, and construct ways they can respond to positively impact themselves, their communities, and their environments.

How Does It Work
Think of the program as “book club meets science café.” Your fellow community members gather with you and your librarian partner to discuss the themes of each event as they are presented in the videos.

The materials provided to you and your librarian partner include videos, book lists and starter discussion questions for three library programs:

Pushing the Limits program events are each structured around a theme. The books, videos and discussions will all explore the theme from different perspectives. This structure provides an opportunity for your community to examine the effects of climate change in different areas of our lives — such as our economies, our health, and our communities — and to consider how we can build resiliency and adapt to the new normal in diverse ways.
Download the essay, Guide to Pushing the Limits Themes, that discusses the thematic approach in more detail – you can discuss this with your librarian partner.arrows
Explore each of the program units in the Public Program Resources section, and in each unit investigate the Additional Resources offered to be used in the programs, and review the additional ideas for engaging your community.
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