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  • in reply to: Unit 12: Building/Sustaining Adult STEM Programming #10225
    CrystalDuncan
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    1. I would recommend a strong focus on advertising in the beginning. Spread the word about this great new series of book club meetings!

    2. Ask for feedback from your patrons along the way to help you guide your program to suit their needs.

    3. Prepare a feedback form to be filled out after each book club meeting to allow room for improvement.

    in reply to: Unit 11: Outcomes for STEM Programs #10224
    CrystalDuncan
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    I’m later to the game than most, but here are our two outcomes:

    Outcome 1: Encourage and inspire adults to love reading, backpacking, hiking or camping. This will lead to a better appreciation of our Tennessee mountain home and cause use to have a future well-lived in the outdoors. The book we will read is “Mountains, Madness, & Miracles: 4,000 Miles Along the Appalachian Trail” by Lauralee Bliss.
    Outcome 2: Tennessee is home to 7 types of owls. We would like to encourage people in our community to begin their own bird-watching adventure. The book we will read is “Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl” by Stacey O’Brien. We might even do an evening owl watch and walk at our local Frozen Head State Park with their resident bird expert and park ranger.

    CrystalDuncan
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    When I began my position as Library Director, I had an open mind and idea of how I wanted our library to be a community hub. I wanted it to be a place where anyone from our area could come to seek information, share information, learn, etc. I wanted everyone to feel cared about and have a sense of belonging. After some time and perhaps too much focus on data, state reporting, county requirements, book orders, my focus blurred somewhat. Thanks to Rural Gateways, I am ready to get back to my original plan and desire for the library. I am ready to refocus our mission. I want to look for new tools and encouraging learning in many different ways. I want people to share their hobbies, loves, dreams, etc. at the library. I plan to use the 3 questions from the video:
    • what do you love?
    • what are you passionate about?
    • will you share it?

    in reply to: Unit 10: Community Collaboration #10086
    CrystalDuncan
    Participant

    Our science partner was an outstanding discussion guide for our programs. He knew how to facilitate the discussion well and came prepared with extra material and videos for each book discussion. As a result of the STEM programming, I know who in my community is interested in these sorts of topics. I know that I can rely on my science partner for future programming. I am quiet pleased that they are interested, along with my program participants, in continuing our book club in the future!

    in reply to: Unit 9: Planning the Motion and Heritage Programs #10085
    CrystalDuncan
    Participant

    I really liked seeing everyone’s choices for the Heritage and Motion programs. My group has strong opinions on what books they want to read. With their help, we have decided on:

    Heritage: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
    Our science partner’s wife found this book for us – it is a popular title and will relate to the heritage theme well.

    Motion: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
    This book can certainly related to the motion theme in that the young man goes on a journey (that ultimately takes his life). It also relates to the Eagle Blue book the we read for our Tradition book discussion. Both books are set in Alaska.

    in reply to: Unit 9: Pushing the Limits Videos – Story Structure #10083
    CrystalDuncan
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    Our library enjoyed the “Tradition” theme with coach Bob Boyer and the “Transformation” videos about Heather Doyle’s blacksmithing program. Our patrons could relate to the characters in the Bob Boyer video because we are from a small community that places a high value on football. We found the central people in the videos likable and engaging. We appreciated that they came from different backgrounds and were different ages. Seeing the characters widsom and STEM in everyday life was engaging. Heather Doyle was a fabulous and inspiring example of how a person can use their interests to improve life for others in their community. We enjoyed watching them do things that were fun to watch and interesting, leading us to feel emotionally invested in the stories.

    I appreciate that in the video “Inside the Pushing the Limits Videos Story Structure”, Mark Axton reminded us that people in our community are doing fascinating things and would love to talk about them. I am going to be thinking about who we could bring in from our community to lead a program or give a talk.

    in reply to: Unit 9: Hesitancy about STEM Programs in My Community #10082
    CrystalDuncan
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    It seems to me that people in my community assume that you have to come to the science book club with a significant amount of previous knowledge in a related background. I believe and desire to be a lifelong learner and hope to encourage my patrons and people from our community to join me in lifelong learning. We can learn together in these types of STEM/science book clubs.

    in reply to: Unit 7: Science Learning #9772
    CrystalDuncan
    Participant

    We tapped into curiosity for for many of the program participants. The people that chose to come to our book discussion were like-minded individuals for the most part. They were naturally curious types that enjoy books and living in a way that leaves a lesser footprint in the world. We had teachers, a vegetarian, a former librarian, gardeners, a scientist, and a machinist among others. This led to some lively discussions where we touch on building theories and models for how to improve life here in our rural county and worldwide. We discussed making good decisions that would harm our planet and environment less. We had a lot of discussion about global warming and dwindling resources. We discussed things we observed in our own lives that impacted areas of life such as food, problem solving, and education. They are looking forward to another round of science related book discussions.

    in reply to: Unit 8: Program Planning for Transformation #9765
    CrystalDuncan
    Participant

    “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” is our selection as well. We have a wind power plant on the top of our local East TN mountains. Hopefully that will generate some interest in the book discussions.

    in reply to: Intro–Advanced Professional Development: Reflections #9763
    CrystalDuncan
    Participant

    FYI — My username shows as Crystal Duncan. She is the previous library director.
    My name is Angie Hunter.

    in reply to: Intro–Advanced Professional Development: Reflections #9762
    CrystalDuncan
    Participant

    We held our sessions on the last Saturday of the month at 10:30 am. At first, I was concerned that there wouldn’t be enough participation in the discussion. Our attendance numbers were on the small side, but we had a lot of discussion! We usually meet for 2 full hours with interesting and lively discussions!

    My science partner is a high school science and math teacher. He also has a martial arts school. I knew him and his wife from our local homeschool group. I knew that he had a real passion for math and science. He and his wife both have a strong interest in learning, reading, and living well. He led our group in some really great discussions!

    One side note: he preferred to have his books in audiobook format. The rest of the program participants preferred actual books.

    I wouldn’t have chosen any of the books we read last season on my own. However, I did enjoy them. Flight Behavior was my favorite, followed by Land of the Painted Caves. I am thankful for this Rural Gateways / STEM program and that it has reminded me of my interest in scientific topics. It also kick started my thinking about the importance of science and how to try leave our planet in a somewhat better place for future generations.

    Angie

    in reply to: Unit 6: Handling Difficult Situations as a Facilitator #4729
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    in reply to: Unit 5: Marketing Your Programs #4679
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    in reply to: Unit 4: Working With Your Science Partner #4527
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    in reply to: Unit 4: Selecting Your Science Partner #4526
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