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Wow…this may be silly, but since I’m such a small library I thought I knew my medium ages etc. and I was surprised that it was younger than I thought…. 32, I was expecting more like 52.
Therefore, we have decided to focus our adult learning on 30 and older. Not that we ever didn’t consider them adult learners, we just have focus on adults older than that.
Programs and Outcomes will be:
1) The science of prescribed burns, how to keep a forest healthy. (Our mountains right now are being burned by an out of control prescribed fire right now, it is literally a HOT topic.)
Attendees to this program will come away with a knowledge of the benefits of burning, plus other alternatives on keeping the forest healthy, and what they can do.
2) Sci-Fi true or false, how the world has been shaped by science fiction.
Attendees to this program will come away with an understanding of how Science Fiction has change us. They will discover facts and fictions about what we mere humans can really do and what might exciting changes may be coming in the future.May 29, 2018 at 2:08 pm in reply to: Sharing Our Pushing the Limits Program Experiences #10168
I feel like we are the stragglers of the program, but, we did it! Thursday the 24th was our program on Motion. We discussed Reckless from Racehorse to Marine Corps Hero. It was great. We had a man who served in the Korean war discuss his experiences as well. It was really a great program to do right before memorial day!
We didn’t do anything overly clever..you are all such smarty’s. We had lasagna, garlic bread, and brownies..but it was yummy!
Here’ some pics of our Heritage STEM Class.March 24, 2018 at 12:41 pm in reply to: Sharing Our Pushing the Limits Program Experiences #10130
Thursday we had 16 people to our Science and Supper Club on Heritage. We had a wonderful discussion on the Book: Painted horses by Malcolm Brooks, as well as discussing the heritage in the area around us. It was great!January 16, 2018 at 4:28 pm in reply to: Unit 10: Libraries Transform Communities/Communities Transform Libraries #10073
I loved the information in those videos and it resonated with what I believe. I do believe that libraries are a reflection of our communities. As I have participated in these programs, I have noticed, that for some reason, in our system, we are now the “STEM” library. This program has given me the “courage” to try other types of “sciencey” ideas as well. For example, this year we signed up with Museum Alliance / Star NET, and our library is participating in a monthly “Space Camp”, and we are teaching and learning all about the International Space Station and it’s astronauts. I would have never considered doing this program without the training I have received with Pushing the Limits. We are also, “branding” ourselves as: Explore, Excite, Expand at Castle Dale Library. These Pushing the Limits programs are certainly helping us do that. We are trying, I admit slowly, to find our community needs, and let the community shape us! Great advice!
For our library the collaboration was/is the hardest. As I mentioned during one of the phone calls, my science partners where happy to help talk about the informal science, but they were not excited about reading the books and leading a “book discussion.” So, I do that part of our programs. For me, it would almost be easier not to have the “science partner” as I can lead that part as well. The partners have done their part, but don’t seem interested in establishing anything long term. Now, I am in no way saying that they were “bad partners” they weren’t, they were excellent, but, I don’t think they got the whole idea. The patrons who attend are very knowledgeable and we do have great discussions.
We are very excited to choose our books! Are we weird or what? We have chosen our first fiction book for this round which is : Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks to go with our Heritage program, and Reckless the racehorse who became a Marine Corps hero by Tom Clavin to go with our Motion program. It just happens that two horse books are the ones that got chosen, but they are very different, and we believe that they will appeal well to our audience.
We started a little late, but are catching up fast. For Tradition, we did Eagle Blue, it was really quite fun to see the Alaska connection we have here in our small community. Transformation, the Wright Brothers is very interesting as well.
I forgot to take pictures of our tradition program, but will make sure our Transformation program is up soon, on our Facebook Page!
The Castle Dale Library chose to read The Wright Brothers, for the simplest reason….we have 8 libraries in our system, and everyone had a copy I could reserve and keep until we read them, so I wouldn’t have to buy so many extra copies to have on hand…Economics! I also ordered all the books we are using for STEM on e-book, for our Kindles. I’m hoping to promote those as well.
The Castle Dale Library has chosen Eagle Blue as their book, and I’m glad I did. I’ve been listening to the audio, and it isn’t just a sports story, it shares a great deal of information about the traditions of this obscure Native American Tribe, (Not Eskimos). We have gotten some feedback, that our patrons are excited to read it. I have chosen one science partner this time around, instead of 4, and we are going to advertise our event as a “Science & Supper Club”. It’s drawn in some comments. I thought I would invite members of the community who are coaches, players, etc. to attend.July 28, 2017 at 9:13 am in reply to: Intro–Advanced Professional Development: Reflections #9289
I noticed in the videos…which I obviously missed in round 1, that the science partners lead the book discussion. In our programs, I the librarian, lead the book discussion, and the science partner filled in gaps, and discussed the informal science learning that was portrayed in the videos. My science partners didn’t necessarily read the book, even though they were given an opportunity to. This seemed to work for us, so we will probably continue doing it that way.July 27, 2017 at 10:36 am in reply to: Intro–Advanced Professional Development: Reflections #9288
I can see how this program has caused me to grow! I’m over 50 so if I can grow anyone can! I can’t wait to finish!May 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm in reply to: Sharing Our Pushing the Limits Program Experiences #6546
We’re done! I filled out our online report…but I wanted to let you know that the numbers we reported were for 2 programs for the topic. We held a family night where people in the community could bring their children and make and take a STEM related project, and we hosted our book review / science discussion as well. If I need to report it different will you let me know. BTW: we are very happy to have done this program, and people want to know when we are starting them again…and we just finished yesterday…May 1, 2017 at 2:17 pm in reply to: Sharing Our Pushing the Limits Program Experiences #6535
I just checked our Pushing the Limit facebook page, and found this great post! We are having our fourth and final one for this year on May 18. It has been fun, and I’m glad we participated!
Mary KAVA:This has been a wonderful experience and journey for the whole family. Roxanne and Camille have done a great job in presenting this opportunity to learn to our communities. Thanks Ladies for teaching all those who participated to “push the limits” to learn new things and read books we normally may not choose. Those who haven’t participated have really missed out.
P.S.: When will we learn about what we will be doing for round two?March 30, 2017 at 2:49 pm in reply to: Sharing Our Pushing the Limits Program Experiences #6472
I just wanted to post a comment from our Pushing the Limits facebook page….I think these programs are really great! Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to do them.
Post by: Carolyn Randall: This was a fabulous program. None of us knows what the day holds for us as was evidenced by the speaker, Joe Birch. He pushes the limits to survive each day. All us us in some way or another are pushing our limits just to get through each day. Thank you Castle Dale Library for such great programs.