A traveling, bilingual exhibition called Discover Health is leaving Delta County after three months on display at Delta Library. "Overall, the exhibit was a great success," says Adriana Chavira, Delta Library manager.
"We accommodated nearly 1,400 students from Delta County Schools to tour the exhibit from mid-October through mid-December," Chavira explains. "Along with the tour, every student had the opportunity to complete a scavenger hunt and make a take-home craft."
Library staff prepared well ahead of the exhibit to enhance the learning experience for students and teachers, developing related crafts, storytimes, book displays and a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt encouraged students to search for answers to questions within the exhibit and complete the related activities.
The craft complemented the theme of the exhibit and gave students something to take home with them. Younger children built skeletons and older children created blow-up lungs and made stress balls and origami worry boxes.
Delta County School District arranged for all second and sixth grade students in the county to visit the exhibit with funds provided through a health and wellness grant.
"Other grade levels came as well," Chavira adds. "Word of mouth got out and many teachers decided to bring their classes. It was a unique opportunity for students to learn about health, human body systems, and health careers in a fun, engaging way."
Students and teachers tend to agree with Chavira. Library staff collected feedback through an online survey following field trips to the exhibit.
A second grade teacher says, "My kids absolutely loved the exhibit. They had so much fun and it got them thinking. Library staff did a phenomenal job and the kids were 100 percent engaged."
Another elementary school teacher comments, "The exhibit and scavenger hunt were top of the line. The kids had a blast exploring and were determined to complete the scavenger hunt accurately."
Some student comments include "I liked building the body parts, it was fun," "My favorite part was ... everything," "Thank you for letting us play and explore," and "Now we know what healthy lungs and livers look like."
Other highlights for students included the "take apart" human torso, lungs and brain and the touch-screen health games.
Library staff cleaned, disassembled, and packed up the exhibit on Friday, Dec. 28, in preparation to send it on to Garfield County.
"It has been wonderful to host the exhibit here in Delta. In many ways, it transformed the library during its stay here by bringing in so many young people day after day," Chavira states. "It has also created a lot of extra work for staff and they deserve to be acknowledged for a job well done."
Discover Health/Descubre la Salud is a program of the University of Colorado/Anschutz Medical Campus. Funding is provided by the National Institutes of Health.
For more information about the exhibit and upcoming library events, visit www.deltalibraries.org.