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Today we made our way to the town of the Sooners: Norman! Our first stop was the University of Oklahoma (OU) Bizzell Memorial Library. Some Library Science students quizzed our campers on fun library facts! Did you know that the Library of Congress has 724 miles of book shelves?! An OU Reference Librarian gave us a tour of the library. We visited the Great Reading Room and the Decks where the Dewey books are shelved. When we took a snack break, a librarian gave us a fun demonstration involving the different machines that allow for digitization of older materials. The campers especially liked this because they saw a machine create a 3 dimensional object: a bear and a shark.

Group photo of the campers at the OU Library in Norman

Next, we made our way to the Fine Arts Library located in the Catlett Music building. Two of the employees presented the different and rare materials that can be found within this library such as a replica of a Latin Codex. For lunch, OU treated us to the Couch Restaurant, which is filled with all kinds of food options!

 Campers visit the Catlett Music building on the OU campus

 Campers visit the Catlett Music Building on the OU campus

After lunch, the campers enjoyed a presentation by the Librarian at the Law Library. The kids got to sit in the courtroom where they debated over true and false law statements. They enjoyed debating so much that they decided that they want to make their own “trial” later on with some of them acting as a judge, jury, and lawyers!

OU Law Library

OU Law Library

Group photo

At the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History the campers visited the Department of Native American Languages where the Associate Curator, Dr. Mary S. Linn, and the Archivist/Collection Development Manager Nick Wojcik informed the campers about linguistics research involving Native American languages. One of the employees is currently working on creating an English to Kiowa and Kiowa to English dictionary. The campers especially liked riding in the huge elevator that is used to move the artwork into the museum.

Campers visiting the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History

Our final stop for the day was the Southwest Oklahoma City Library, where our own Camp Counselor Aaron led a tour of the library. She also treated the kids to spaghetti, salad, and fruit! The kids got to see how the books are organized with the bin sorter. They also participated in a program to learn about Scratch, a website created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology to introduce youth to web programming by having them create videos and games. While one group participated in the program, the other had arts and crafts, where the campers made buttons!  

Touring the Southwest Oklahoma City Library

 Arts & Crafts Time!

 Computer Time!

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