Children's Literature @ NYPL
Roaches in the Library?! Blame the Intern...
Interning at the Mulberry Street Library has been a very enlightening experience for me. One of the best parts was when I designed and ran a program called City Critters. The program strives to connect Lower Manhattan’s children (ages 3 to 5) with the natural world. Each week, I introduced an animal that is common to New York City, beginning with the ubiquitous pigeon and ending with… cockroaches!
We read two to three fiction and non-fiction books about the week’s animal, and I interspersed the stories with games, songs, dances, puppet shows, and crafts. Some of the more memorable moments included dancing to Bert’s “Doin’ the Pigeon” song, the squirrel puppet show based on Earl the Squirrel, by Don Freeman, and singing “La Cucaracha” with egg shakers. We also enjoyed making raccoon masks and wearing them as we dug through “the trash” foraging for food. I filled several black garbage bags with toy plastic foods and clean waste, such as newspaper shreddings. When the lights went out, it was nighttime, and all of the city raccoons had to search for food. Both children and caregivers had a blast, and so did I!