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Monday, August 19, 2013

The Expert on Finding Community Experts



If you are a teen and hang out at the Menomonie Public Library, you're lucky!  Teens have had a chance to do a bunch of cool stuff, from learning to decorate cakes from a pro, to learning zumba, yoga, and tai chi moves from instructors.  They had a frozen custard maker judge their ice cream sundae contest, and this summer they had a professor of nuclear physics come work with them to BLOW STUFF UP!
      







Colleen Zertler is really good at getting community members to help her teach kids to do things kids want to learn how to do, and most of them are willing to come in and share their time and talents for free.  Colleen's best tip?  People who have teenagers themselves are less likely to be afraid of them, and are more willing to volunteer to do cool stuff with them.  







Colleen's latest project is working with Stout to come up with some great programs for the Wisconsin Science Festival. Stay tuned to hear how that goes!

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