The first in a series of monthly student “seminars” as part of Scarborough’s Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War project took place in early October. Sessions take place at the Scarborough Public Library, within walking distance of Scarborough Middle School.
The participating students are 6th-8th graders enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Education program taught by Jessica Kelly. The seminar format offers them a chance to be together at an off-site location to explore the Civil War themes of the project, and meet with other community partners. They will also have the opportunity to visit the Scarborough Historical Society in November.
The students started by working on personal assessments of what they currently know about the Civil War. This was followed by an overview of the year, a review of what primary and secondary sources are, and a great book talk presented by Scarborough Public Library’s Youth Services Librarian, Louise Capizzo.
Louise created a book list for the students of Civil War titles in the youth collection, then pulled the books so she could talka bit about each of them. At the end of the seminar, the students returned to their assessments to write down what they wanted to learn more about–based on this first introduction.
As part of the project, any student who didn’t already have a library card was issued one. And as if proving the wisdom of that decision, many students returned to the library after school that same day to check out materials.