by Jorge Rivera and Rachel MacDonald
The programming team has put our collective experience and knowledge together to come up with a playful slate of programs for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 at Miguel Angel Asturias Academy. We served more than 200 students and delivered over 16 programs. It was surely an eventful day!
Library Day at Asturias Academy, programming for Kindergarten to Grade 3:
Getting ready for Library Day
Boys and girls from Kindergarten to Grade 3 were treated to a live puppet show of an adapted version the Three Little Pigs called The Three Little Pigs at the Library. This show featured some not-so-average pigs that stopped the Big Bad Wolf from feasting on them. It was the pigs’ insistent refusal, “no te acerquas ni un pelo,” the wolf’s persistence and the harmonious ending that had students laughing and yelling out words scene-by-scene. Underneath all the comedy and animation were important messages. The show demonstrated that knowledge is power and that knowledge is gained from reading. It was the acquisition of a book that helped Pig 3 build a library strong enough to keep the wolf away, spacious enough to host his refugee brothers, and resourceful enough to convert the wolf into a being a vegetarian friend.
This same group of children were also invited to a build a pig or wolf puppet. Each student got to choose their preferred puppet and were assisted by LWB volunteers. It was a pleasure to see students creating their own wolf and pig voices with each other as they acted out the roles of The Three Little Pigs. We brought a puppet stage with us which will stay at Asturias to encourage further storytelling and encouraged children to look at their own copies of Los Tres Cerditos and use their their new puppets. Thanks to all volunteers and Asturias staff for making this program possible!
Jorge Rivera: Master of Puppets
Library Day at Asturias Academy, programming for Grade 4-8:
Game on! Students in classes from grade 4 to 8 participate in a healthy competition that quizzed them on their knowledge on the library, on Guatemala and the school’s theme of the month, ecology. In consultation with Asturias staff, a series of true and false questions were asked. Now here is the twist, students had to express their answers by tippy-toeing (true), crouching down (false) and standing Normal (pass). We witnessed groups of students debating the correct answer with their group members, being taken by surprise at some of the answers, and feeling a sense of pride when they tippy-toed to the finish line.
Students were also getting artsy with a participatory Comic Jam, inspired by the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which is very popular here. Students were given comic templates with several prompts and asked to illustrate what they liked about the library. Each student had approximately 2 minutes to fill a panel on their comic before passing it to the next student. The students answered questions about why they liked to visit the library, what type of books they hoped to find there, and how they felt when they read a good book. The time constraints meant that students didn’t have much time to draw elaborate pictures, but also removed any sense of intimidation for students who don’t consider themselves artists. Having the students pass their comics around the table emphasized that the library is a communal space where everyone is welcome.
Cynthia and Sarah, speaking to a group of attentive students.
Library Day at Asturias Academy, programming for Grade 9-12:
Since April is Poetry Month, students in high school were given two poem templates to complete. The first poem enabled students to share their knowledge of literary personages; students chose to describe a variety of characters, including Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Count Olaf from a A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lucy and Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia, and Harry Potter. The second poem that students wrote was an autobiographical poem called “I am.” Using a template, students wrote about their likes and dislikes, their hopes and fears. LWB volunteers took photos of their poems, which will be typed up and bound together for publication in a chapbook that will be given to the Asturias Library. This will give current and future students a sense that the library is not only a place to consume content, but also a place to create.
Words to live by