Author Alison McGhee

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Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
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Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Author Alison McGhee appeared at three events in Barrett and Elbow Lake as part of this program.  She spent an afternoon at West Central Area high school working with students there.  She gave an after-school presentation on writing for children at the Thorson Memorial public library, with special time set aside for the children’s book group “The Zingleberries” and she gave a presentation in the evening on writing and publishing books for adults.

Project Details
Event Dates and Locations: May 20, 2010  West Central Area School, Barrett  Thorson Memorial Library, Elbow Lakee
School book discussion – 18  
School writing workshop – 22  
Second school book discussion – 12  
After school – 22 kids, 10 adults  
Evening  - 22   for a total of 106 participants
West Central Area Schools helped publicize the event and donated space for the afternoon workshop.  The Friends of the Library donated funds and helped with the organization and physical assistance for the two library events.
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Measurable Outcomes may be collected by survey, anecdotal responses, post-test; End user change in Behavior, Attitude, Skills, Knowledge, Condition and/or Status.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The surveys collected on this program indicate that all of her programs were inspiring to both young and old.  The groups had done their homework by reading works by the author before she arrived, so there was much opportunity for interaction.  Many read far beyond the requirements for the workshops.  Two of the comments, one from a grandmother "Keep doing this, you have no idea how this impacts little kids and adults as well" and from a mother "Can you imagine the dreams she creates?"  Her books continued to be reserved from libraries throughout the system and read all summer long. (knowledge, attitude, behavior)

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