(For grades K-5) Wednesday, July 2. Get an early start on the 4th of July as we celebrate our history with stories, music, and crafts plus a parade through the library.
Room was set up with dozens of collective and picture book biographies of American historical figures… presidents, scientists, activists, women, minorities etc
As children arrived, had them browse through the books (with patriotic music CD playing softly in the background). After everyone checked in, asked them to close the books (temporarily) and sit where they could see & hear the stories.
Read: Imogene’s Last Stand Candace Fleming’s funny yet inspiring story of a girl who stands up for historical preservation…peppered with wonderful real quotes from history.
Read: Of Thee I Sing – Obama’s tribute to the many different people who have made this country great.
Craft: 35 kids and 6 teen helpers made posters of heroes of their choice inspired by the people in the books I read and/or the books they picked (Supplies: 12x18 poster board (leftover from our Baker & Taylor shipments), markers, scissors, glue sticks, wallpaper samples (for clothes) plus hole punches & yarn to hang these around their necks.)
We played patriotic music CD while they were creating.
We lined up for a group picture then took the boom box and I led our “Parade of Heroes” (children wearing their people placards and waving American flags) around the library. Parade included a great variety of “heroes” Jackie Robinson, Jack Kennedy, Helen Keller, Cesar Chavez, Chief Joseph, Rosa Parks, MLK, Thomas Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony, Sacajawea, Betsy Ross, and many more. (If I had had a smaller group or more time, I would have liked to have each person say why they chose their person, but we were running out of time and it was rather chaotic getting 35 people out the door for the parade so we had to skip this.)