Li­brary, stu­dents team up for Smith­so­nian project

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Calvert Li­brary an­nounced Wed­nes­day it has been se­lected to cre­ate a project for the Smith­so­nian’s “Sto­ries from Main Street: Youth En­gage­ment Skill-build­ing Pro­gram (Sto­ries: YES).” The pro­gram is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween youth, the li­brary and other com­mu­nity re­sources to de­velop lo­cal sto­ries around the theme of the Smith­so­nian Mu­seum on Main Street ex­hi­bi­tion “Wa­ter/ Ways,” which Calvert Li­brary was se­lected to host in Jan­u­ary 2020. A sneak peek of “Wa­ter/Ways” can be ac­cessed at

Sto­ries: YES par­tic­i­pants weave na­tional nar­ra­tives from the ex­hi­bi­tion into the his­tory of their own com­mu­nity by con­duct­ing re­search and in­ter­views to cre­ate a doc­u­men­tary high­light­ing their com­mu­nity’s re­la­tion­ship to wa­ter, a press re­lease states. The pro­gram en­gages teens with re­gional his­tory and con­tem­po­rary lo­cal is­sues, while pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to use pro­fes­sional equip­ment and learn real-world skills. Youth projects will be dis­played lo­cally and their dig­i­tal sto­ries will be shared on Mu­seum on Main Street’s web­site at https://mu­se­u­mon­main­ Calvert Li­brary will keep the equip­ment pur­chased through the pro­gram and con­tinue to make it avail­able for stu­dent ac­cess.

Calvert Li­brary will host sev­eral events and work­shops to sup­port the stu­dents’ work. In­ter­ested teens are en­cour­aged to visit the li­brary web­site or call to reg­is­ter for the first event, “Step 1 to Cre­at­ing a Doc­u­men­tary,” a class and re­source fair at Calvert Li­brary Prince Fred­er­ick on Satur­day, Oct. 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be a short work­shop on de­vel­op­ing a ques­tion and be­gin­ning re­search fol­lowed by an op­por­tu­nity to meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from wa­ter-re­lated sub­ject-mat­ter ex­perts from Jef­fer­son Pat­ter­son Park and Mu­seum, Calvert Ma­rine Mu­seum, Amer­i­can Chest­nut Land Trust, Ch­e­sa­peake Bi­o­log­i­cal Lab and Bay­side His­tory Mu­seum.

Rachelle Green, act­ing di­rec­tor of Jef­fer­son Pat­ter­son Park and Mu­seum, said in the re­lease, “We are ex­cited to part­ner with Calvert Li­brary and MD Hu­man­i­ties for the Mary­land H2O ini­tia­tive which in­cludes the Smith­so­nian H2O To­day ex­hibit at the Park. In ad­di­tion to the ex­hibit through 2020, we have 2.5 miles of shore­line along the Patux­ent River and pri­mary re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties at the MAC Lab as well as lo­cal and re­gional schol­arly works on-site — per­fect for doc­u­men­tary re­search and video footage. We look for­ward to work­ing with stu­dents on their doc­u­men­tary projects.”

Michelle Stover, English core lead at Calvert High School, has al­ready com­mit­ted one of her classes to the project.

“Calvert County Pub­lic Schools have been ex­cel­lent part­ners for high re­turn-on-in­vest­ment projects such as stu­dent li­brary cards, statewide read projects that bring big au­thors to the schools, and early lit­er­acy ini­tia­tives to im­prove Kinder­garten readi­ness. Kim Watts, Jen Sturge, Ce­cilia Lewis, Steve Van Rees, and Mrs. Stover have all seen the tie-in to the cur­ricu­lum and the ex­cel- lent op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents. Their en­thu­si­asm is con­ta­gious,” Calvert Li­brary Pub­lic Re­la­tions Co­or­di­na­tor Robyn Trus­low said in the re­lease.

Kim Watts, su­per­vi­sor of sec­ondary English lan­guage arts and co­or­di­na­tor of the Calvert Writes! ini­tia­tive, said in the re­lease, “The stu­dent-driven in­quiry and di­ver­si­fied writ­ing at­tached to this project, cou­pled with the dig­i­tal art in­te­gra­tion, pro­vide a real-world writ­ing and pub­lish­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that is com­pletely aligned to the mis­sion and vi­sion of Calvert Writes! What an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to en­gage even more of our in­no­va­tive, cre­ative stu­dents.”

“Get­ting the ex­hi­bi­tion was a coup and it’s even more grat­i­fy­ing to of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to Calvert stu­dents to gain me­dia pro­duc­tion skills and help us con­nect ex­hi­bi­tion vis­i­tors to our lo­cal wa­ter story. Imag­ine be­ing a teen who con­trib­uted to a Smith­so­nian ex­hibit. What a great story for a col­lege en­trance es­say,” Calvert Li­brary Di­rec­tor Car­rie Plymire said.

A sec­ond class is sched­uled for Tues­day, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Calvert Li­brary Prince Fred­er­ick to give the stu­dents some tips on craft­ing their story and cre­at­ing a sto­ry­board. Stu­dents will work on their projects so should bring their re­search and story ideas. Fund­ing for Sto­ries: YES is pro­vided to Mu­seum on Main Street with in­ter­nal Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion sup­port from the Smith­so­nian Youth Ac­cess Grants Pro­gram. MoMS is a part­ner­ship be­tween the Smith­so­nian in­sti­tu­tion Trav­el­ing Ex­hi­bi­tion Ser­vice and state hu­man­i­ties coun­cils, the re­lease states. It was cre­ated to serve mu­se­ums, li­braries and his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties in ru­ral ar­eas, where one-fifth of all Amer­i­cans live. SITES has been shar­ing the wealth of Smith­so­nian col­lec­tions and re­search pro­grams with mil­lions of peo­ple out­side Wash­ing­ton for over 65 years. It con­nects Amer­i­cans to their shared cul­tural her­itage through a wide range of ex­hi­bi­tions about art, sci­ence and his­tory, which are shown wher­ever peo­ple live, work and play.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-535-0291.

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