Parrott-Wood Memorial Library in Strawberry Plains recently announced it received another Revisiting the Founding Era Grant of $800. This grant is an extension to the $1,000 grant they received previously. This grant was presented to the library through Mossy Creek Network Inc. The programs will be offered in person and virtual. Space is limited and registration is required.
The schedule includes:
Adult programs begin at 1 p.m.:
• Monday, April 5 - Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty: The midnight ride revisited.
• Monday, April 12 - Brilliant Ben Franklin: Inventor, Politician, Author, and Statesman
• Monday, May 3 - Creating the Constitution: Beginning to the End
• Monday, May 10 - The Little Known Founder Alexander Hamilton: There will be a video link to Broadway play, Hamilton.
• Monday, May 17 - Women Founders: Emphasis on Abigail Adams
Programs for children and youth begin at 4:30 p.m.:
• Monday, April 5 - Paul Revere: The first book for children will be “A Picture Book of Paul Revere” by David A. Adler. There will be a link to this book where the children can complete a scavenger hunt to find the locations in Boston and Lexington that Paul Revere and William Dawes made on their midnight ride.
• Monday, April 12 - Benjamin Franklin: The many roles that Patriot Benjamin Franklin exhibited will be explored using the children’s book “The Life of Benjamin Franklin” by Yona Zeldis McDonough. A scavenger hunt of the life travels of Mr. Franklin will be posted for this book as a link from the Parrot-Wood Library.
• Monday, May 3 - Developing the Constitution: The third children’s book is designed for slightly older children. It would probably be most suitable for the fourth through eighth grade age children because it is a longer book with lots of fun details about the designing of the Constitution. Adults would probably enjoy this book as well. There are actual fun facts about the 55 delegates who came together to write the Constitution. The fact that the delegates gave themselves a couple of weeks of vacation right during the middle of the writing process is not well known. This book is called “Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution” by Jean Fritz. There will be lesson plans to go along with this book.
• Monday, May 10 - Alexander Hamilton: The fourth session will be about the lesser known founder, Alexander Hamilton.
• Monday, May 17 - Women of the Revolution: The fifth session will be about the ladies who helped during the Revolution and the Founding Era. The children’s book will be about the second First Lady of the United States, Abigail Adams.
Call 865-933-1311 to register for the in-person program. Masks will be required for all in person programs.