STEM in Public Libraries

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Libraries across the country have been reimagining their community role and leveraging their resources and public trust to strengthen community-based learning and foster critical thinking, problem solving, and engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Just as 21st Century skills include innovation and creativity, libraries are developing new ways to engage their patrons, from pre-school to adults, in STEM learning. Introducing patrons to STEM research and the latest technological developments is something libraries are well-positioned to do. What started some years ago as independent experiments has become a national movement. As libraries evolve into community anchor institutions, this work is becoming an important piece of the programming and partnership puzzle. This group will help librarians engage their communities through the development and exchange of programming resources, hands-on training opportunities, activities that can be used in public programming, and announcements about new discoveries and upcoming events. The group’s efforts will support improved service to groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields, and help increase and sustain youth and public engagement in STEM.

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