This project was started as a gold award project by girl scout Verena Runstadler. The gold award is the highest award a girl scout can earn, and it aims to give back to the community sustainably.
This project aims to inspire children of all ages, in particular, 2nd through 5th graders, to get excited about reading through interactive activities.
Each backpack contains multiple activities and guides to direct kids through the process. Corresponding with the theme of the backpack are books that travel with the backpacks, and were selected to connect with the bag’s activities. Also located in the backpack are journals where users can make notes of their thoughts and what they choose to do.
For more information, see the descriptions of the backpack on the Swampscott Public Library website.
It’s simple! The book backpacks can be found at the children’s desk, on the lower floor of the library. Ask one of the children’s librarians to check out a backpack, and they can scan out the bag, just like a book!
If you have any questions about the contents, or about how to use the bag, check out the descriptions on the swampscott library website or ask a librarian.
Remember, the backpacks must be returned within 2 weeks of checking them out, so watch your calendar!
Today on the podcast Janina and I talk to author Elizabeth de Veer on her book The Ocean in Winter. Elizabeth was so much fun to talk to and we look forward to seeing her again soon. You can find Elizabeth on her website www.elizabethdeveer.com
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