Newark Library Blog

Art IS Education: Community Quilting Project by Tracy
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Book Review, Events, Libraries, Newark

This month the library is celebrating Art IS Education, an annual showcase of youth arts learning. The theme “Creating a Better Future Together” encourages young people to explore sustainability and community involvement through the arts by participating in the Community Quilting Project. The quilts are made from recycled/reused paper scraps, demonstrating how these materials can create something new and beautiful, while teaching kids about teamwork and green living.

At Newark, we will be making our quilt, to be displayed in the library, on Saturday, March 24 from 3-4 p.m. led by teaching artist Marion Coleman. Stop by the picture book section of the library to see the sample quilt on the bulletin board. While you’re there, check out these books in the Moving Up section exploring the theme of quilting.

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
In this book, a young slave girl who envisions a better life for herself and her family uses her skills as a seamstress to create a quilt that is a secret map leading to freedom.

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy
This story is about a family that comes together during their grandmother’s illness to finish her masterpiece quilt that tells the story of their family through scraps of discarded clothing.


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