The Califa Library Group is accepting applications for mini-grants to librarians in rural public libraries who are interested in providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programming for adults. Grantees will receive program materials, a planning guide, marketing and promotional templates, up to $3,500, and an avenue for new patrons to find your library.
Library staff in any library serving a rural community are eligible to apply. The grant award includes $3,500 and access to public program materials, professional development, ongoing programming support, and an online peer-to-peer community.
Rural Gateways is a national research-based project designed to expand understanding about the ways professional development might increase the competencies of rural librarians to facilitate STEM programs for adults. The project is a unique and important opportunity to contribute to advancing the library profession’s capacity to engage communities in STEM literacy topics and discussions. This goal will be met by having librarians participate in a professional development series, implement STEM programs for adults in their communities using a format that has been well received, and contribute to periodic project surveys.
Applications are due February 15, 2016.
For more information: http://califa.org/rural-gateways/.