Genesis Academy students’ history projects now on display

Published 8:26 am Monday, June 5, 2017

Circulation librarian Tamera Rehnborg teaches American history I and II to ninth through 12th graders at the Genesis Academy in Winchester.

This spring, she gave her students an assignment to create displays about events or people who were important during the period between World War I and World War II.

They were given a three-page rubric for the display design and the finished products were scored, by Rehnborg and two other teachers, based on the depth of research, adherence to the rubric, creativity and originality, effort, enthusiasm and overall presentation.

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The results of that assignment were so impressive she asked if the library would display the top seven projects.

That is exactly the kind of work the library loves to display, and last Tuesday, she brought in those exhibits and installed them in the adult reference section. This exhibit is one of the best the library has ever been privileged to show.

The seven exhibits are: Pearl Harbor, by Brandon Varlie; Virginia Hall: The Most Dangerous Female Spy, by Brace Jennings; Okinawa, by Tori Mohr; Medical Advancements from WWI, by Sophie Scalf; the movie “Casablanca,” by Reese Bates; Amelia Earhart, by Sarah Dailey; and Spanish Flu, by Nick Hay.

Next time you are in the library, make sure to go to the reference section and see these displays. They line the windows there, so you can comfortably sit and enjoy reading the text and looking at the pictures.

They are concise, intriguing history lessons that not only teach, but also inspire.

With all the talk of possible new public pandemics, the display about Spanish Influenza will be chilling, but walk over and look at the display about Virginia Hall and you will see an amazing character study of selfless heroism and Moxie (capital M).

Virginia Hall is on my characters with character list. It is obvious Tamera inspired her students to do great work that inspires the viewer.

Bring your kids and grandchildren to see this display.

Thanks to the “Magnificent Seven” for sharing their interests and research with the library and Clark County. Bravo. Keep up the wonderful work.

Other programs this week?

— At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Tom Kimmerer, lead scientist for Venerable Trees, Inc. presents a program about the majestic trees of Central Kentucky.

Central Kentucky boasts one of the largest populations of presettlement trees in the nation, but this rare and historic ecosystem is threatened by development, neglect and poor understanding of its biology.

Venerable Trees, Inc, tries to ensure a future for woodland pastures and ancient trees.

Find out how we can preserve these ancient trees and ensure their survival and growth. This program is free and open to the public. Please register to attend.

— At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Kentucky Picture Show presents the story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into one of the biggest

restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence and ruthlessness. Rated PG-13

Reese Bates’ history display about the movie “Casablanca” states, “Film changed the world…and has never failed us since,” and from the discussion I hear from attendees leaving Kentucky Picture Show, that is certainly true. KPS is the film-lovers place to be on Wednesday afternoon.

—At 10 a.m. Friday, Write Local. Love to write? Yes, I’m serious, if you love to write don’t hide it, come to Write Local.

— At 10 a.m. Saturday Yoga on the Library Lawn. The best way to breath, stretch, and take in the full beauty of the day. Yoga will be canceled if there’s rain. Namaste.

It is Adult Summer Reading time at the library.

Come in, sign up, get your new, groovy book bag and fill it up with lots of delicious summer reading.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at

About Whitney Leggett

Whitney Leggett is managing editor of The Winchester Sun and Winchester Living magazine. To contact her, email or call 859-759-0049.

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