Thank you Chris Turner and Subaru for the Grant

From the Galena Gazette Wednesday October 18, 2017:

New Books for the Library

By Hilary Dickerson  hdickerson@galgazette.com

There are some fun and educational new books for young people at the Elizabeth Township Public Library, thanks to a grant from Subaru and the work of Elizabeth resident Chris Turner.

From Subaru, the library received two copies each of the books “Ricky’s Atlas” by Judith L Li, “Tooth By Tooth” by Sara Levine, and “Crow Smarts” by Pamela S Turner.

All three books focus on aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and are geared toward students in third and fourth grade.

“Ricky’s Atlas” focuses on forest fires, “Tooth by Tooth” is about teeth, and “Crow Smarts” is about “the brain of the world’s brightest bird”.   All three books are approved by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  One copy of each of the books will be cataloged for the library, and the library director Deborah Wunsch plans to see if school officials would like to add those to the library collection there.

Turner explained that he’s been a loyal Subaru owner since 1980 and over that span of time has owned six Subaru vehicles.  Recognizing Turner’s loyalty to their company, Subaru officials contacted Turner and asked him to serve as an ambassador, promoting the brand.

For his ambassador role, Subaru sends promotional material, and it was on some of that material that Turner read about the grant program that was offering STEM materials to public libraries.  The opportunity caught his attention.

A retired professor with plenty of experience in grant writing, Turner said he wrote of the natural talent that he feels lies in Jo Daviess County among people who are farmers and mechanics.  Turner wants to get young people interested early on in STEM careers and shard all those points in the grant application.

Turner said he feels like larger urban area often benefit from programs such that offered by Subaru, while “fly over” America is forgotten.  In the grant application, Turner emphasized that point and encouraged the vehicle manufacturer to share the STEM resources with young people in Elizabeth.