Amherst Libraries and Museums Collaborate to Support Literacy Through Archaeology

Literacy Meets Archaeology in Amherst This Summer!

Dig Into Reading

On Saturday, June 22, from 11am-3pm, Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum and Beneski Museum of Natural History will host a day of free, drop-in, kid-friendly activities. Activities include scavenger hunts and archaeology-themed art projects that are thematically linked to the Jones Library summer reading program.

Do your kids totally dig archaeology? Here’s your chance to tie their interest in dinosaurs, fossils and artifacts into reading this summer…

The Jones Library in Amherst along with its branches will be collaborating with two local museums in a free family event, Dig It! A Festival of Art, Books, and FossilsDig It! will be held at both the Beneski Museum of Natural History and the Mead Art Museum to kick off the library’s Dig Into Reading summer reading program on Saturday, June 22nd from 11am-3pm! To accompany the Dig Into Reading summer theme, these two Hampshire County museums, along with the Jones Library, have designed a collaborative event that will focus on archaeology and literacy!

At the Beneski Museum, families will learn how archaeologists find, uncover, and preserve bones and fossils. Kids can get up close and personal with dino skeletons and items that represent Pioneer Valley in eras past.  Meanwhile, the Mead Art Museum will focus on items related to human history and culture, such as pottery and tools, offering families the opportunity to learn about the inferences that archaeologists are able to make about human history based on the artifacts that they uncover.

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Own the Night: Palmer Library Poster Contest for Teens

Own the Night

Teens are invited to showcase their art and design skills in the Palmer Library’s poster contest!  This year’s summer reading program theme is, “Own the Night,” and the library invites local high school students to create a poster expressing the theme – all entries will be shown at the library, and three winners will be chosen!

Artists can use essentially any medium (or media) that they like, and are asked to keep their work free of copyrighted characters and/or clip art – make it all original –  should also be between 8.5×11 inches and 34×44 inches.  Entries should not only be inspired by the program theme, but should convey what it is through text and images.

The contest is an opportunity for teen designers and illustrators to practice their skills, and to have their work viewed by the community while celebrating the summer reading program!  Entries must be submitted by June 29th, 2012 – pick up an entry form at the Palmer Library or at Palmer High School.

For more information, call Krista Navin at 413-283-3330 ex. 106.

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