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The Story Hour at Milbank Library

In the Fall of 1997, the Department of Collections and Curriculum Support Services at Milbank Library instituted a new idea to promote a love of reading among children of different ages, while fostering relationships between TC and those elementary schools near the College. The Story Hour also provides valuable training and experience for pre- and in-service student-teachers.

Some of the participating local schools include Margaregt Douglas (PS 36), Ralph Bunch (PS 125), Corpus Christi, and Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School.

The inaugural reading was introduced by Barbara Kiefer, Associate Professor of Education and expert on children's literature. The actual reading was given by President Levine to the young children of the College's Hollingworth Preschool for the Gifted. Weekly readings are coordinated with faculty, students, librarians, and others associated with education, including dignitaries and writers and publishers of children's books.

In May, Margaret Crocco, Assistant Professor of Social Studies and Education and Penny Coleman, a widely published, award-winning author, who writes for all ages and covers a range of subjects, read one of Coleman's books, Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for the Vote to the first graders of the Margaret Douglas School. The Library videotapes all the readings and catalogs the tapes.

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