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We can’t believe it’s finally here: The last day. It was a full, engaging day. We started at the Oklahoma School of Science and Math, where we learned about the school and the life of an OSSM student. We also toured the library, which differed from the average high school library: It was really more of an academic library. The librarian was already starting to make stacks of textbooks for the students for fall. Can you believe that each student has about 15-17 textbooks per semester?

Campers at the Oklahoma School of Science and Math

Our next destination was the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. We enjoyed a speedy tour through the museum studying art work, playing in Prosperity Junction (a village modeled after the old west), and learning about the rodeo and early cowboys. In the basement of the museum, staff showed us how they preserve the history of the cowboy way of life through safe document storage and digital collections of video, voice interviews, photos, and other documents.

Campers visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Campers visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Campers visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

A short bus ride later found us at the Integris Baptist Medical Center data center, where the servers for the entire Integris medical system are kept. Integris also treated campers to lunch in their cafeteria and to an orientation of their medical library.

Campers at the Integris Baptist Medical Center data center.

Another special library visited today was the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. A librarian there, who was blind herself, explained to the group how this state library provides services to the legally blind or to those who cannot enjoy the printed word, for whatever reason. She showcased the digital audio device that is mailed to all library customers so they can enjoy audiobooks. The campus also is the site for Accessible Instructional Materials or AIM, which provides appropriate educational materials for students all over the state, depending on their need.

Campers visiting the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

We returned to Rose State College so that the campers could use their computers to post their thoughts about the week on Edmodo. Then, it was off to the American Banjo Museum for a riveting concert by a professional banjo performer: Everyone sang along to crowd favorites such as “Oklahoma,” “Dixie,” ”The Rainbow Connection,” “You Are My Sunshine,” the Woody Guthrie song “This Land is Your Land,” and “If I Only Had a Brain.”   The museum served tacos and the campers had a chance to explore the museum after the concert and learn about the history of banjo playing.

Pickin' and grinnin' at the American Banjo Museum.

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