FROM GAIL BORDEN LIBRARY:
ELGIN — What is it like to live in a rain forest or a ger? To see pyramids from your house or swim near coral reefs every day? Find out when you get a taste of different cultures from around the world at Gail Borden Library’s Children Just Like Me EVERYWHERE! exhibit at the Main Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue.
The Children Just Like Me Exhibit is on display at the library through August 19. This free, interactive exhibit is based on DK Publishing’s award-winning book by the same title. It examines the lives of 11 children from around the world. Young visitors meet their peers from six continents and learn about each child’s daily activities through self-paced, hands-on activities. One of the exhibit pieces will also be located at the Rakow Branch. The exhibit is produced by Cincinnati Museum Center.
There will be many opportunities to engage in multi-cultural experiences. Some of those will include –
Grinding corn with a Mexican mortar and pestal;
Making a mancala game that is widely played in Africa;
Viewing or having hands decorated in the mehndi henna hand decoration tradition of Pakistan; and
Seeing representative clothing and crafts from Pakistan and Laos.
People will also be able to purchase their own Reading is So Delicious T-shirt.
Children Just Like Me displays examples of food enjoyed by children from other countries—from bliny (pancakes) eaten in Russia to boortsog (biscuits) consumed in Mongolia to engurma (porridge) served in Tanzania. The display of food from other countries is a mouth-watering reminder that Reading Is So Delicious! and that kids participating in the summer reading program at the library not only keep up their reading skills but also get some great prizes for finishing the program.
The Children Just Like Me EVERYWHERE! Event is free. Simply enter through the entry rotunda to receive information, then move on to the Youth Gateway to register for the summer reading program to attend this cultural event.