Archive for October, 2012

Campers Represent at 100 Black Men Gala

Posted on October 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

Saturday, October 27, 2012 the 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend held their third annual Gala at Century Center.  In addition to the usual Who’s Who of the community, three Innovative-Thinkers Camp participants were in attendance.  Alvin, Anthony, and Silas represented as members of both the Freedman Academy and Innovative-Thinkers Camp.  Silas spoke to an audience of over 600 people, about the impact that both programs have had on his life.  He did an excellent job and all of us that were in attendance were extremely proud.   Sy Barker, President of the 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend and Silas’ mentor said that when Silas was asked if he would be willing to speak at the gala he told them, “No problem.  I learned public speaking at Innovative-Thinkers Camp!”

Musings from a Librarian – Facilitator’s Notes, Summer-2012

Posted on October 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

June 14, 2012: Just finished day three today, and I have to say, it has been some of the most amazing couple of days; the students are fully engaged and learning how to utilize their creativity and innovative thinking.  I did a piece at the Hesburgh Library on Intellectual Property and Copyright for my 7th grade audience, and I was careful to make sure that I put my presentation into their understanding.

Thank goodness for examples such as: Harry Potter Books & Movies, Coke products, mash-up music innovations like LMFAO and Justin Bieber or Little Wayne to bring home this point. We reviewed a couple of You Tube videos to get a sense of how children (their peers) are examining Innovation and Creativity from various countries and how Technology plays a major role.

Our final activity of our time together: Students were asked to review magazines, newspapers, etc. They had to find images, words, advertisements, that speak to a possible invention that they could enhance or create.  What incredible inventions & design ideas they came up with using their blank-page journals. Once this activity was done, each student had to present their idea to everyone present in the library classroom. Everything from a shoe, to air-bag safety measures while flying a plane. Powerful! All of the adults in the room were speechless!

These young people representing what’s great about South Bend.  They are capable to help the adults in our community define Innovation as it relates to the “Silicon Valley of the Midwest” could be in this community. I am grateful and humbled to be of service to these amazing 7th graders!

Leslie L. Morgan, MLIS – Associate Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries-University of Notre Dame, E-Mail: