Manchester, CT – a town with both urban and rural influences

In Manchester’s fourth year as a READy for the Grade site, the Mary Cheney Public Library served as lead partner. Collaborators included Squire Village Apartments Resource Coordinator, Lutz Children’s Museum, Youth Services and Adult Ed, and Verplanck School.

Manchester held 2.5 hours of programming per day, 4 days per week, for 5 weeks in 2019, for a total of 50 hours.

Manchester surpassed other sites in the number of hours offered in 2019, even though they held fewer hours of programming in 2019 than in 2018.

On average, each student attended 31 hours of programming in Manchester.

They did not offer family events.

Although the library was the lead partner, activities occurred at Squire Village, an apartment complex.

By providing bus services, Manchester enabled children to participate in field trips to the Lutz Children’s Museum. 

A window into READy for the Grade

• Manchester •

The children assemble in the Squire Village Community Room while they await the bus for their field trip to the Lutz Children’s Museum.   During the initial activities each child is engaged with a teacher either singly or in a small group, playing reading-focused educational games.   Once the children reach the museum, they are treated to a session with the Museum Educator focused on Pop Art.  She references the book Uncle Andy, by James Warhola and proceeds to engage the children in a lively discussion about Andy Warhol and his art.  That is followed by an art-making activity to reinforce the main topics of the lesson.

The educator starts the session by asking each child to identify his/her name and age.  Since the youngest person is 6, she provides the children with 6 fun facts about Andy Warhol. 

Lastly, they talk about “Pop Art” and about Andy Warhol’s strategies.  She clarifies that it stands for popular art and she asks the kids to clarify what the term popular means to them. She then tells them about where he got his ideas (billboards, newspapers) and shows them pictures of some of his most famous images.  She clarifies that he painted the same images over and over and in different colors and then goes on to present information about the differences between warm and cool colors.  

After the presentation, the children move to a table where they make their own art using multiple images of animals. 

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