Reef on the Road in Angleton
About this time last year, the sanctuary premiered its new traveling exhibit, Reef on the Road. Following the premiere, the exhibit went to its first host site in the Aquarium at Moody Gardens. In late August of this year, the exhibit moved to its second host site at Angleton Library.
While library locations were not in our thoughts during the creation of this exhibit, we were intrigued by the request and decided to explore further. Angleton Library has a nice open display space surrounded by bookshelves and a comfortable reading area. It is a more intimate setting than, perhaps, a zoo or aquarium space, and it invites contemplation and learning.
Library patrons are excited to have the exhibit and started interacting with it before we even got it unpacked. Some regular patrons even act as interpreters during their library visits, talking about their scuba diving experiences on other reefs.
The library has also scheduled a series of programs to supplement the exhibit visit. In September they hosted a general sanctuary talk, in October the kids program will focus on Ocean Heroes, in November they will host a Name the Manta contest, and in December, author/photographer Jesse Cancelmo will talk about his experiences diving and photographing the sanctuary.
Reef on the Road will remain at Angleton Library until February 2016 before heading off on its next adventure.
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