The Teen Reading Challenge is back for 2015!
Friday, January 9, 2015
Posted by: Racheal Mick
On New Year’s Eve Day, we baked sweet rolls with friends. I was
because I’d made them several times before. It quickly became obvious
that, although I had more experience with this recipe, I did not have
more skill. My dough kept sticking, and my rolls all turned out
different sizes. We laughed over spilled flour, and the rolls were
When the 3D printer arrived at SWON, it came with the wrong
instruction booklet. You know things have gone south when the printer
starts spooling strands of melted plastic in mid-air. We laughed, found
correct instructions online, and started again. Now you could play chess
with pieces we printed.
That’s how learning goes. It’s messy, and it helps if you can
laugh. It doesn’t always look productive or efficient, and sometimes a
start leads to a dead end. But learning is also a place we can meet–our
patrons, and each other–on common ground.
When we learn alongside other people, we give them a gift. We show
that we don’t expect them to know all this already or to learn it
perfectly after being shown once. At school, on the job, learning
doesn’t always look like that. When we set ground rules that support
this kind of learning, it gives us the chance to learn, too. That’s a
resolution worth making for 2015.
- Nathan Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator
Summer Reading Program
Look past the current arctic conditions and you’ll see another SRP
on its way. For those of you looking to bulk up your programming, we
series of webinars in February. Speakers haven’t been formally
announced yet, but most are from out-of-state, so look forward to some
SWON is also hosting an in-person workshop on March
18 at the Washington-Centerville Public Library. It’s an entirely
new set of presentations from our fall workshop. Add your voice at the
Idea Share and register
now to join us.