Science interpreter Mary Cerullo had 90 youngsters at the Lubec Consolidated School spellbound as she talked about the making of her book City Fish, Country Fish and the differences and similarities among fish. The underwater photographs, facts about fish habitats and behaviors, and references to sea life off the Lubec Peninsula made this an impressively rich and engaging program. You could have heard a pin drop as youngsters in grades K-8 listened to Mary share her passion, vast knowledge and curiosity about fish.
Mary’s power point presentation was followed by a variety workshops focusing on various critters featured in her books. For grades K-3 – See People, Sea Animals; grades 4 & 5 – Giant Squid; grades 6 & 7 & 8 – Sharks, which included a video of Mary swimming with sharks, followed by a special session for 8th graders on shipwrecks. The shipwrecks presentation focused on a slave ship, the Henrietta Marve that went down in Florida in 1700 and a steamship, the Portland, that sunk 2,000 miles and two centuries apart. Mary explained that she was not only interested in the histories of these shipwrecked vessels but also the in discoveries of sea creatures that made their homes in these sunken cities.
A special treat was having several members of the community, who were invited by the school, to join students for lunch and meet Mary Cerullo. A delicious fish chowder lunch was served in the spirit of the Fish Scales & Tales monthlong series of programs exploring sea life.
Following the School visit, Mary spoke at the Lubec Memorial Library to an estimated crowd of 40. The title of her talk was ‘Fish and People, the Similarities Run Deep’. She also taught the audience how to speak to a Dolphin. Artist fish murals and hangings, along with historical displays depicting the working waterfront of Lubec, set the scene for Mary’s presentation.
It was a great day!
On Wednesday, May 21 at 6:30pm Linda Greenlaw was the author guest as part of Fish Scales & Tales: Exploring the Depths of Sea Life program. Watch this space to see what happened.