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Posted on: April 11, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Show Low Library Receives Rural Gateways Grant for Stem Programming

Show Low,, Ariz. (April 5, 2016) – Show Low Public Library has received a $3,500 National Science Foundation grant from the Califa Library Group to provide science-based programs for adults. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) are popular topics for children's education, but rarely mentioned in relation to adults.

“There is often a disconnect in people's minds about the place of science and math in our lives. Many of us think science is something done by ‘someone else.’ But in fact, we’re all scientists! We use math and chemistry when cooking in the kitchen and artists use science when creating art. We're not just surrounded by science, we’re all doing science,” said Jeff Collins, Library Services Manager.

The programs funded by the grant are essentially “book club meets science café.” Attendees will read a pre-announced popular book selection and then meet at the library to discuss the book and watch a short video.

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. For more information about Show Low Public Library, visit 181 N. 9th Street, call (928) 532-4070, go to or email

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