Children and adults will be able to request part of the educational material created by the IDEAL Center, which will be distributed in the 16 establishments in the region
“La Caja IDEAL Magallanes” is a scientific outreach initiative led by the Center for Dynamic Research of High Latitude Marine Ecosystems (IDEAL) of the Austral University of Chile (UACh) which, through books and educational material, seeks to bring marine science to the community.
With the aim of highlighting the scientific heritage of the aquatic ecosystems of Patagonia, the IDEAL Center donated 16 copies of “La Caja IDEAL Magallanes” to the Network of Public Libraries of the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic Region, dependent on the Service of Cultural Heritage (SERPAT).
The activity took place in the facilities of the Public Library No. 368 Gabriela Mistral in Punta Arenas and was developed within the framework of its reading club, which brings together boys and girls of different ages. In the instance, a discussion was held on “The great book of climate change”, written by the journalist Andrea Navarro and illustrated by the designer Pablo Ruiz.
The donation contemplates part of the main books published by researchers and journalists of the IDEAL Center in the seven years of work in the region. Those who visit the public library network, in addition to “The Great Book on Climate Change”, will find “Did you know that…? From Magallanes to Antarctica: Curious questions for surprising answers”, an illustrated text that brings the little ones closer to scientific topics; “Stories of life in the southern seas”, a social research work that portrays the future of the artisanal fishermen of Patagonia; and “Sub Antarctic macroalgae guide”, a recently published work that collects part of the diversity of these species in the area.
“We are very grateful for this delivery. The donations of books that are made today to our public libraries is a viable alternative as a means of acquisition that allows us to start, develop and strengthen the collections that are related to bibliographic material dedicated to the preservation of nature, the one that comes to warn us that we need a new understanding of the climate crisis we face and a convincing path for all of us to create hope in our own lives and in the world,” assured Isabel López Maldonado, regional coordinator of Public Libraries of the Region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica.
“We invite the inhabitants of Magallanes to approach the public libraries of the region, occupy these spaces and request part of the scientific outreach material that we have prepared during these years. We hope to give continuity to the collaboration that we have carried out, especially with the reading clubs,” mentioned Andrea Navarro, Communications Coordinator at the IDEAL Center.