MCPL Contributes to a Delightful World's Fair
June 05, 2013
Every Spring, the students in the 5th & 6th grade combined class at Blue Ridge Christian School (BRCS) put together a written and visual display highlighting the history, customs, culture, government, and uniqueness of a country of their choosing. Their research culminates in a "World’s Fair" that is visited by every student in the school (preschool – senior).
For the past several years, the Blue Ridge Branch has partnered with BRCS by delivering books and other resources to the classroom for student’s use. BRCS has two libraries on campus for student use; however, the nonfiction collection is out-of-date. In order to provide students with current materials, supplementing their collection with our library materials seemed like an ideal solution.
I had an opportunity to visit the BRCS "World’s Fair" and was extremely pleased with the displays, written reports, and the verbal presentations from students. It was clear to me that they learned a lot by doing this project. Every student told me they enjoyed working on this project and putting the displays together. Many went all out and included photographs, artifacts, costumes, and even samples of food native to that country. The displays were very colorful, too! I took a few photos and put together a little slideshow so you can see for yourself. It represents only a small portion of the great displays I saw during my visit.
A common question that I asked every student I spoke with was, "Where did you get most of your information from?" A majority of students said they used the books provided by the Blue Ridge Branch, and many stated they made additional visits to our branch to complete their report. When I noticed that one student had not typed her complete report, I reminded her that the Library has word processing software on their computers. She had not thought of that!
Next time there is a big school project, why not suggest that your teacher contact us for materials? Or, why not make the Library your first stop? You may be surprised what resources we can come up with to help you get an "A+" on your project!
Blue Ridge Branch