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I am a CLASP (Connecting Libraries And Schools Project)librarian at the
Queens Borough Public Library in New York City. My position entails my
preaching the virtues of the public library to kids in grades K-8. I am
visiting schools on an almost daily basis as I attempt to drum up interest
and usage of the public library. I always use a mandolin or guitar during
my presentations (not one child has yet been able to identify the name of
that smaller instrument--ah, NYC), and I usually include stories or booktalks
about painting or dance -- or both (Degas). My concern now is how to better
"sell" the public library's arts-related resources to these schoolchildren.
Needless to say, the arts have formed the foundation of my appreciation of the
public library, but this did not happen until I was well into my twenties.
How can I include the subjects of art (and art appreciation) in my programs
in an efficient, entertaining manner? I'd appreciate any suggestions,
however vague or specific.
also, any suggestions about art-teacher/librarian discourse?