September 2011, Volume 3, Issue 8
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Back to learning for all ages
Why Didn’t I Think of That?
Hau Kola Learning Camp mixes choice, creativity and literature for teens
By Jasmine Rockwell, Children’s & Youth Services Coordinator
Hello Friend! For the third year in a row, I had the privilege of working with a group of teenagers from the Oglala area for a week of learning camp activities. The Hau Kola Learning Camp is a dedicated group of educators and teen volunteers from the Baltimore area that travels to South Dakota every summer to put on a series of learning camps. The original camp is the Oglala camp, but it has expanded over the years to include camps in Pine Ridge, Porcupine, Sisseton and Yankton. Each year we have teens that have been to the camp before and a few new ones that have outgrown the elementary camp. Choices this year were: Lego robotics, GIS mapping (Geographic Information Systems), work crew and leadership.
One of my roles on the camp staff was overseeing the leadership group. The leadership group creates a puppet show/play and then performs it for either or both of the subsequent elementary or preschool camps. In past years, camp staff has picked out a book or short story to use as a framework for the performance. This year the teens were asked to come up with the idea. They decided to create a performance of the classic Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham. The text was scripted into lines and with accompanying actions; puppets, props, and a background were made; and parts were assigned. The performance was rehearsed and on the last day of camp was presented to all the other groups as a dress rehearsal. I was also told that the day it would be performed for the preschool camp, lunch would consist of green eggs and ham.
My other role was leading all of the teens in a daily discussion of the book Hidden Roots by Joseph Bruchac. Prior to camp I designed a discussion guide for the staff, which included selections to be read aloud as a group, discussion questions and journaling questions. Following lunch each day of camp, volunteers (teens or staff) would read aloud portions of the text that we would then discuss for about a half hour. The second half hour we broke up into small groups with one or two staff members at tables with the teens. Staff members would read the journaling questions and teens could take as long as they wanted to write responses. Sharing what they wrote was not required, but many were eager to share. I am always grateful to have the opportunity to have such a positive impact on the lives of teens.
Hudson patrons read about school and earn free school supplies
By Anita Hazel, Library Director, Hudson Public Library
To keep the kids coming to the library as summer came to an end, I came up with the idea of reading books about school to earn free school supplies. The kids loved it. Hudson is a small library with a town population of about 296. We had between 15-20 kids participating in this program. The school supplies were all donated by caring people in the community. Some of the titles that were available were: The Hundredth Day of School, The Bug in Teacher’s Coffee, It's Graduation Day, Kindergarten Count to 100, Diary of a Fly and Ms. Broomstick's School for Witches. We had about 40 titles in all. The program was for preschool through second grade, but I had older kids commenting they would like to do it too. So, I plan to look into it for next year!
Sturgis teens complete summer program with prize drawing and pizza
Marjorie DeJong, Assistant Director, Sturgis Public Library
We had such a great time with the Teen Summer Reading Program this year at the Sturgis Public Library. The program was sponsored by the Sturgis Rally Charities Foundation and the Greater Sturgis Area Foundation. We had 40 teens (grades 7-12) sign up and about half finished the program. As teens read and attended programs they earned points. Every ten points equaled a ticket that could be put in the prize drawing. Prize winners were drawn at the pizza party at the end of the program. The most popular prize was the ebook reader. We made sure to get one that was compatible with Overdrive, and the teen who won the reader has already been heavily using South Dakota Titles to Go to check out ebooks. The second most popular prizes were the Borders gift cards. Even though the news that Borders was closing came days before the prize drawing, the teens still really wanted to win the gift cards and buy some books.
We had a variety of programs but the most fun had to be the paper marbling workshop with Mary Wipf. This program was sponsored in part by a grant from the South Dakota Arts Council — support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The teens just loved it. Take a look at some of the pictures from the Teen Summer Reading Program on our Facebook page.