Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Be Part of 'The Butterfly Project'

1,500,000 children perished during the Holocaust.  In remembrance, the Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies to be used in a exhibit during 2014.

This is a perfect passive program for any library!

You will need:
1-2 Tables
Large box
Colored paper
Glue sticks
Markers/crayons/chalk/pens/pencils etc
Origami paper and butterfly folding instructions (optional)

Just set up a display table in your lobby with 'The Butterfly Project' signage and place the crafting supplies on the table.  Have the box labeled 'Completed Butterflies' for people to put their finished creations and so you don't end up with butterflies all over the library.  I am planning to run this program during the entire month of April at my branch and then take the box to the museum myself.  But you don't need to be near Houston to do this!  HMH will take mailed butterflies as well as those dropped off in person.  See the museum's website for details and rules regarding butterflies.

You could also display the following YA titles during this program:
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Once by Morris Gleitzman
Resistance: Book 1 by Carla Jablonski
Yossel by Joe Kubert
Mendel's Daughter by Martin Lemelman
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Hana Volavkova
Night by Elie Wiesel