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Penn Reads Literacy Project Presents: Children’s Bookmaking and Storytime

Join us for a day of kid-friendly fun! Children ages 3-8 can participate in a theatrical storytime experience, explore a unique university library, and even create a book of their own to take home.

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January 16, 2023, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Open to the Public
Stack of books with an apple on top, colored pencils, and wooden ABC blocks on a table

The Penn Reads Literacy Project presents a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event, “Imagine A World…..!”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. imagined a world where his four little children would “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” We invite children ages 3 to 8 to come imagine with us while we create and learn more about Dr. King’s vision!

Young readers will be able to participate in a theatrical storytime experience (beginning at 11:15 AM sharp), explore a unique university library, and even illustrate and write about their vision, creating a book to take home! Storytellers, literacy coaches, and librarians will guide us in this creation. We will even have pizza and snacks to munch on to fuel our imagination!

Plan Your Visit

To enter the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, visitors will be asked to show a valid PennCard or a current, valid government or school-issued photo ID that contains an expiration date. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Find more information about visitor access.

Photographs will be taken at this event. Please visit the welcome table when you arrive to tell us whether you are comfortable being photographed. If you are the parent or guardian of a child and you consent to having them photographed, you will be asked to complete this release form.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Penn

Each year, during the month of January, the University of Pennsylvania and our surrounding communities come together to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This commemoration includes a day of service on our campus and in the Philadelphia community on Monday, January 16, 2023 and continues with programming and events from Monday, January 16, 2023 through Friday, February 03, 2023. If you have any further questions, please email or call 215-898-0104.

Donate Books

Purchase books from our curated list that will be distributed to community early childcare centers. Your donation also supports local bookstores! Use shipping address: African-American Resource Center, 3643 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

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