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Exercising The Body As Well As the Mind

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 8:32 am

In March, Susan Smith forwarded me an email noting that it had come through the generic ZSR email. The message was from a teacher at First Assembly Christian School requesting a library session for her 8th grade students. Her students are writing a research paper on a modern US historical event. Taking advantage of the lovely weather, the teacher and 20 students walked from First Assembly to campus. Tuesday (April 10) was a beautiful morning to take a stroll, and a couple of minutes after 9:00 a.m. they arrived at ZSR. As the students settled into their seats in Room 204, I could hear them exclaiming: “Wow, what cool comfortable chairs.”

The first part of the class period was devoted to demonstrating the online catalog and databases such as Readers’ Guide Retrospective. Following the in-class demo, I provided a quick library tour. After the tour, students returned to Reference to apply their new knowledge and skills picked up in the orientation session. The students worked hard all day. They took a lunch break at Subway and returned to ZSR to do more research before departing around 3:00 p.m. for a hike back to First Assembly.

More requests are coming in for IL classes and tours. Millennium Charter Academy is scheduled to come on Wednesday, April 25. I will meet with students from West Stokes High School on April 26 to help them with their research projects. Project Launch has requested library tours for Friday, April 27. It is very gratifying to know that our visitors enjoy their day at ZSR. As one person noted in his email: “It’s always their favorite part!”

 

2 Responses to “Exercising The Body As Well As the Mind”

  1. Bobbie, Thanks for organizing these events! It is always fun to see future Wake Forest students in ZSR!

  2. It is great how you extend such a welcoming and interesting intro to the library. I like the exercise in both aspects.


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