The Caribou Public Library is pleased to announce it has received a $3,500 National Science Foundation grant from the Califa Library Group to provide science-based programs for adults.

Caribou Public Library

Lisa Shaw, Caribou Public Library Director. says, “There is often a disconnect in people's minds about the place of science and math in our lives. We use math and chemistry when cooking in the kitchen, farmers use engineering on their combines, and artists use science when creating art. We're not just surrounded by science; we’re all doing science,”

The programs funded by the grant are essentially “book club meets science café.” Attendees read a pre-announced popular book selection, then come to the library for an event in which they discuss the book, and then watch and discuss a short human interest video where scientific ideas touched on in the book intersect everyday life.

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.

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