by Maggie Tully
This past Monday, the second- and third-graders in Brashear Association’s after school program at Grandview Elementary in Allentown had the opportunity to take a field trip to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s new pop-up library on Arlington Avenue, next to the Zone 3 police station. The pop-up library is part of Carnegie’s Libraries in Your Neighborhood Communities and Schools (LYNCS) program, and aims to provide resources and library services to the residents of Allentown, while also working to build relationships and learn more about the community’s specific needs. The pop-up library is a temporary library and will stay open in Allentown through February of 2014.
In honor of Black History Month this February, our hosts for the day—Maria and Dave—planned a Black History themed story time and craft for our students. We read The Quilt by Ann Jonas, Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson, and The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom by Bettye Stroud, and talked about how quilt squares served as a secret map for slaves on their journey to freedom.
After story time, the students had a craft time where they created their own personalized quilt square, which was later strung together to create a class quilt. After the craft was over, the students had time to explore the library a little more, play with some of the games, and have a quick snack before it was time for us to head back up the hill to Grandview. As we were about to leave, Maria and Dave surprised us by letting each student take a book home with them to keep! The students were thrilled about the books and enjoyed their afternoon at the library so much that they’ve already started asking me when we’ll be going back for another field trip. It has been a wonderful experience to see kids so young getting so excited about the library and all the resources that it holds.
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