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The Maine State Library and its partners will engage with science and technology businesses and organizations to develop opportunities for funding, expertise, and programming. This project will create a replicable model that enables state library agencies nationwide to work with public libraries to build and sustain effective informal science programming and services that prepare people to be full participants in their communities and global society. The model will advance library practice and empower public libraries to effectively connect their patrons and communities to engaging and meaningful informal science experiences, equipment (e.g. telescopes, microscopes and science kits), books, media, and the scientific community.