Blair Braverman is a musher (dog-sledder) and new author, who just released her first book, "Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube." She did several programs throughout our region, talking about her book and her unique journey as a female musher in a male-dominated world. Her travels to Norway that inspired her love of the cold tied into our town's Norwegian Heritage Week. She also brought a sled dog to give audiences a hands-on feel for her work.
We distributed evaluation forms following the program to collect public comments, and to measure why patrons attended the program, why they enjoyed it, and what they may have learned. We expect that patrons will walk away with new knowledge of the realities of dog-sledding, that they will have learned something about the author's creative process, and about the importance of travel to broaden one's horizons.
94% of patrons said that after watching this program they had learned something new about the author's creative process, dog-sledding, and/or the importance of travel and experiencing another culture. 88% replied that they enjoyed the program because it helped them increase their knowledge and better understand a topic; 50% replied that the program helped them spend quality time with friends and family. 94% said this program increased their interest in dog-sledding, Norway, the author and/or her book. Public comments included, "excellent presentation- very interesting topic to me," and "I loved getting to spend time with and ask questions to such a young and accomplished author... it was a unique opportunity I wouldn't have had without the library and without Legacy funding."