October Bonney Lake Library Talk (part 1) by Dick Morgan
On October 11, 2013, Pat, Keith and I setup two tables of specimens. Keith had to help as my back did not allow me to move
my rolling toolbox of specimens, so he did it for me. Spent over two hours answering questions about these items and general
questions about rock related items. A fun time was had by all.
Thanks to the Friends of the Bonney Lake Library for inviting us to explain about our hobby.
October Bonney Lake Library Talk (part 2) by Keith Alan Morgan
Since my dad was having some back problems, he asked me to help him out moving his specimen cart and whatnot.
It was a bit different than I expected. I was expecting people to come at 2 and stay till 4, but this was more everything was
set-up and people would wander in and out. The fact that this was a Friday instead of a weekend was probably the reason for the
difference in audience attendance as we got people who were coming to the library and saw there was a display rather than specifically
coming to hear a talk. So there were times where we had people in and dad was telling them about rocks and we would have periods
where no one was there and we were just chatting with the library staff. Still, despite the apparent small crowds, around 70 people had
come in, looked at the material and asked questions. Even though my dad did most of the talking, there were a few points where he was busy with a group at the main table and I answered questions about the rocks (mostly fossils) setup on the second table.
Even though it was supposed to end at 4 we had some people show up after that, which given the generally informal nature of the talk, was fine.
The library had setup a table of rock and mineral books they had, which interested several people and I think a few even got checked out.
Bonney Lake Library Primer On Rocks by Dick Morgan
On November 3, 2012, Pat and I gave our presentation of fossils, minerals and rocks called “A Primer On Rocks”, at the Bonney Lake Library.
The group that showed up was larger than the room allowed for, somewhere around 75 people, so a number of people were standing in the hallway. The person in charge, Seung Kang, said it was the largest group for their Saturday afternoon presentations.
Two of the audience were from the class Pat and I volunteer in to help with math and they told the class how much they enjoyed it. (The teacher of the class allows a couple of minutes before each class to show a few rocks, minerals, or fossils and explain the how and why of each of them.)
The presentation went well. It was scheduled for one hour, but ending up running three hours and not because I dragged things out. The audience asked many questions about the material shown, even when I was packing up to leave they were still asking me questions.
The library had displayed a number of their rock books around the display area and many children checked them out to read at home. Pat says, the librarian told her it was the best presentation. The library was interested in scheduling a repeat presentation sometime in the new year.