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We had a hit and a miss with this time. For the Wright Brothers book we partnered with the local Aerodrome museum. Participants not only discussed the book, they got to see a reproduction of the plane up close! That was attened by 15 or 16.
Unfortunately, try as we did, we only had two for Friday Night Lights. This despite engaging as a partner a 25 year, well-loved local high school coach.
In both cases, discussions were meaty and on point, which was great. However we are now brainstorming how to market the next two discussions. Book programs are, honestly, the least popular programs in our library. So we will look again to pair the next two to some kind of experiencial learning, as we did with the Aerodrome. Can we see the books yet? Are these the sessions when we can choose our own books? We are already planning into summer and beyond so to plan for February is a rush already!
I’m thinking this time maybe we will choose a book and movie combination (obviously we could only show clips from the movie.) Or, pair it with an activity. We have found that adults like maker activities as much as kids do.