This year, Boston Public Library initiated its own theme for summer reading, separate from the national one, which is “Summer in the City,” and I’ve had a great time developing fun and dynamic programming that reflects this.
One of the great things about Boston is that everywhere you go, there’s some form of public art. Whether it’s the fence of an empty lot decorated by MassArt’s sparc! team and community members, a free concert on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, or the Tony DeMarco statue in the North End, there’s tons of public art- famous and not! I wanted to show kids that art can be everywhere, and that anyone can create it. At the North End Branch, we have a beautiful courtyard garden that our Friends group maintains. I thought it would be great to have the kids create art to share with the library that wouldn’t just be another display, so we created painted rocks! Each child received a rock, and painted it with a variety of colors and designs to live in our courtyard garden.
Another wonderful thing about Boston is all of the history that exists, particularly in the North End. Through a wonderful partnership with the nearby Paul Revere House, we are able to offer a series of unique programs and behind the scenes events to our families, which they may not ordinarily get to have. This week, kids will get to experience what Colonial life was like through a program about fun and games. One of the programs I was most excited about happened a few weeks ago. A group of 10 children, adults, and I walked over to the Paul Revere House for an architectural and design detail scavenger hunt. After the scavenger hunt, we visited the site of an archaeological dig that is happening right at the House. Families got to talk to the City Architect, hold some of the artifacts, and experience a dig site first hand, all of which they would not be able to do during a regular visit.
Our summer has been filled with many other great programs, and I’m looking forward to continuing to celebrate all things Boston in August, too! The one I’m looking forward to the most? The Cannoli taste-off 🙂