Bringing Books to Life Program Series

The Bringing Books to Life Program series is a partnership Library Legacy Grant program between the McLeod County Public Libraries and the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum.  This three part program series features three unique characters and their stories.  Native American Legends and Beliefs, The Pioneer Trunk and Surviving the War of 1862, each tell their own riveting story when seen individually, but tell a greater story when seen as a group.

Museum staff have picked artifacts that bring out key themes and concepts about each characters’ history, how that history effects us today, and how what we have learned or know about our past can help to shape or change our future.  At the end of each book’s presenter manual is a list of thinking points and group questions that will spur discussion and link the past to the present.

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Native American Legends and Beliefs

This unique program focuses on the indigenous peoples of the Southern Minnesota plains and their culture and beliefs.  Through the use of the sacred pipe and the story of creation, the program gives a small peek into the enormously complex culture and religion of just one of Minnesota’s most prominent Native American tribes, the Dakota.  The three books each target a different reading level, but all tell a similar story, and can be The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman Book Coverread, or excerpts read, by a teacher or costumed presenter.   The presenter can take on a character in the book, displaying, using, or showing each artifact described in the book being read. Museum artifacts, that would have been like those read about in the books, are included in the bundle.  The presenter,following the presenter manual included in the bundle of artifacts, lets the audience touch and see each artifact, adding another level to the audience’s unique experience.

 

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The Pioneer Trunk

This unique program focuses on the pioneer experience, through the use of the iconic pioneer trunk.  Three books, each targeted to a different reading level, but all telling a similar story, can be read/or excerpts read, by a teacher or costumed presenter.   The presenter takes on the Mother character in the book, displaying, using, or showing artifacts descried in each of the three books selected, depending on the skill level of the Going Westaudience. Museum artifacts that would have been like those read about in the books, are stored in the trunk.  The presenter lets the audience touch and see each artifact, adding another level to the audience’s experience.

 

 

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This unique program focuses on the Dakota Native American, Minnesota pioneer, and U.S Government’s experience in the Dakota and U.S War of 1862, as seen through the eyes of survivor, Nancy McClure Faribault.  Three books, each targeted to a different reading level, but all telling a similar story, will be read/or excerpts read, by a costumed interpreter.   The interpreter will take on the character of a survivor, looking back on her life Through Dakota Eyes006during the War.  She will display, use, or show articles descried in the book.  Museum artifacts that would have been like those read about in the book will be used for this interpretative and educational program, adding another level to the reader’s experience, helping to bring the books to life.