The Star-Spangled Literacy Project
The Friends of the Boyle County Public Library recently paired with Danville author Patsi Trollinger to launch the Star-Spangled Literacy Project. This project aimed to promote civic education and literacy to students in grades K-6 and to connect students with the democratic election process so they are more likely to become active voters in the future. The project's timing was linked to Central Kentucky being selected as one of four locations in the nation for a televised debate between candidates in the 2012 Presidential election. The only Vice-Presidential debate was held in Danville, Ky., at Centre College on Thursday, October 11.
The Star-Spangled Literacy Project made it a priority to provide specially
selected books and discussion/activity information for teachers
and students in grades K-6 at schools in five counties contiguous
to the debate location:
Boyle, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln and Mercer counties. The designated
books included Thrill
in the 'Ville, written by Patsi Trollinger and illustrated
by Elizabeth Thompson, both of Danville (humorous fiction recommended
for grades 4-6).
Thrill in the 'Ville was paired with Vote! by Eileen Christelow (informational picture book recommended for grades K-3). Teachers and students in other locations throughout the U.S. may also want to use these books and take advantage of the free educational resources associated with each of them. In Trollinger's book, discussion questions are featured in the closing pages and ideas for classroom activities are available on this website. Christelow also offers ideas for activities within her book and on her website.
The Star Spangled Literacy Project has been funded by generous donations from The Friends of the Boyle County Public Library, Trim Masters Inc, RR Donnelley, and the DAR St. Asaph Chapter.