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Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) Science Cafe'

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:21 PM | Carol Green

On April 24, over 50 people attended the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) Science Café held at the Ocean Springs Municipal Library (OSML). This very special Science Café was a partnership between Gunter Library, the research library at GCRL, and OSML. The Friday Fiber Arts class at OSML, led by Maryanne Anthony, a library assistant at Gunter Library, worked for six months to create a series of coral reef seascapes, which are on display at the public library. Gunter Library head Joyce Shaw proposed the idea to Anthony and OSML branch manager Yvonne Parton in October 2017. The fiber artists had complete creative control over the scope of the project. Shaw arranged for Krista Ross, an educator in Mobile, AL who participated in NOAA Down Under Out Yonder (DUOY), a program for K-12 Educators, to present at the April GCRL Science Café.  Ross spoke about her experience diving, learning to identify fish and coral, and exploring the beauty of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). The FGBNMS is one of the few places where deep-water coral live in the Gulf of Mexico.  Prior to the Science Café, the fiber artists were honored and recognized at a reception with food and other refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ocean Springs Library and a local business, Coffee Fusion.  The GCRL Science Café, a program of Gunter Library, is in its 7th year of providing informal education for the local community. 

Photograph by Joyce Shaw

Submitted by

Joyce Shaw

Head Librarian

Gunter Library, GCRL



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