Fit Oshkosh has started a new program that puts the Color-Brave Library “on wheels.”
Fit's library made its first trip to Oaklawn Elementary School in Oshkosh on March 14. Librarian Paula Steger with volunteers, Karen Bowen, and Library Outreach Coordinator Mitch Lahmann visited a first grade classroom. Two of the students met the Fit Oshkosh representatives in the office and escorted them to their classroom where they met 23 students, teacher Dale Bertram and his two assistants.
"The class was waiting, seated on a carpet in front of a chair, ready to listen to us read,” Mitch said. Karen read, Lily Brown's Paintings, and Paula followed with Mama's Nightingale, two of the Color Brave Library selections. After reading, Karen and Paula discussed two "I Wonder" questions with the children. As each question was asked, almost every student had a hand up wanting to answer.
“They were very polite," Mitch reported. "They loved the pictures along with the reading."
After the readings and discussion, Mitch described a craft. They were to create a picture like one in Mama's Nightingale, which is a drawing of a nightingale connected to a house by a rainbow. After the activity, Mitch took a photo of children holding up the drawings.
When the volunteers were ready to leave, some of the children asked if they would be coming back.
“They really enjoyed the books and the craft and had a great time,” Mitch said. “It was a big success.”