The goal of nurturing an information literate citizenry necessitates an instructional program which permeates the entire formal education sequence. As a land-grant institiution, WSU is committed to serving the community and region. The Library Instruction Team has forged a strong relationship with local and regional K-12 schools. Library Instruction also provides programming for two summer camps, Cougar Kids and Cougar Quest. Please look below for pictures and summaries of the Cougar Kids and Cougar Quest activities.
Library Instruction invites K-12 teachers to contact us. We are eager to collaborate with teachers concerning school projects and activities. We are happy to provide instructional sessions on library related topics and general WSU Libraries orientations.
Cougar Kids is a series of summer camps for children from Kindergarten through 6th Grade. Each group that comes to the Libraries first engages in discussion about the value of libraries and personal library experiences. The youngsters are then unleashed on Terrell Library to complete an orientation treasure hunt. The students are asked to visit various departments and use library resources to answer questions. Finally, the librarians have a short debriefing session with the students and they are rewarded with library bookmarks.
Cougar Quest is an academic summer camp for students in the seventh through twelveth grades. The first week of the camp is for 7th and 8th graders and the second week of the camp is for high school students. In 2007, the Instruction Department provided programming for both weeks of the camp with a session entitled: "Track Butch through Time." Campers in the session learned how to make Power Point presentations, or honed the skills they already had, including learning to create hyperlinks, adding sound and video clips to presentations, and making graphics animated. The campers also created podcasts and added these to their presentations. During the second week, the high school students were able to visit MASC to research older WSU materials and tour the vault. On the final day of each session Butch visited the students to see the works created and to add a little mayhem to the otherwise peaceful library session.