Fly with Your Imagination: The World Traveling Trunks Connect Families, Cultures and Stories

By Mary Marques RSS Mon, May 7, 2018

Sing, read, play, write, and talk with the World Traveling Trunks—cultural-themed toolboxes that celebrate cultures around the globe while enriching our local communities throughout Philadelphia. Building cultural awareness and embracing diversity in a cross-cultural environment will help children to develop cross-cultural social skills and connect with the traditions, history, and way of living of other global citizens. In order to participate in this program, you will need to free your imagination, get your global passport, fasten your seat belt, and be ready to fly internationally! You must also have the desire to learn across cultures, immerse yourself into the local traditions, and share cross-cultural experiences with citizens of the world.

What is the World Traveling Trunk program?
The World Traveling Trunk is a "cultural-themed ready-to-go program in a box" packed with books, music CDs, and basic educational resources to explore a country or a region in the world. The objective of this program is to provide an environment at neighborhood libraries that promotes bilingualism in a positive way and cross-cultural immersion skills for children and their families. Understanding how we connect globally will provide opportunities to communicate and interact effectively with people around the world. In addition, children will be on their way to gain general disciplinary knowledge in a fun way! This idea came about during a brainstorming session of former New Americans committee members that debated the need to keep building a quilt of cultural awareness and inclusion in our younger generation and their families.

Fly to Mexico, West Africa, or Asia—first, get your global passport!
This is a fun and intergenerational multicultural storytime! Children attending this program will need a global passport to simulate traveling to these geographical areas—the librarian can explain to you how you can obtain one during the program. During the multicultural storytime, the Children's Librarian will read and share unique folktale stories setting up a cultural atmosphere for exploration. Learning a few words in a foreign language or listening to unfamiliar melodies will help your child grow in a multilingual environment. These activities will foster cross-cultural social skills that will help your little one navigate through everyday challenges, promoting creative ways for problem solving and analytical thinking in a cross-cultural environment. Children will be exposed to a dual language learning experience! In addition, they will increase their vocabulary, all the while learning cultural motivators, values, beliefs, and history. Everyone will sing, read, play, write and talk!

The World Traveling Trunks will be making their debut in June during Immigrant Heritage Month, when “Every voice is unique. Every story is powerful.” Andorra Library, Overbrook Park Library, Wadsworth Library, Independence Library, Queen Memorial Library, and Fumo Family Library will all be hosting events around the World Traveling Trunks theme.

If you do not have a library card, please make sure to sign-up for one! Additional free learning tips that help foster literacy development in children can be found on our blog.

Safe travels!!

 This pilot program is being sponsored by the Friends of the Independence Library and the Strategic Initiatives Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Can an adult with a library card can check out a traveling trunk?
Tilza Rivera - Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hi Tilza, Unfortunately, the World Traveling Trunks are created to be used at neighborhood libraries. The library staff will facilitate programs around the content of the World Traveling Trunks. Thank you for the idea! Mary Marques Library Coordinator, South/Central Philadelphia Neighborhood Libraries
Mary Marques - Philadelphia
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

This is wonderful! I've been inquiring about bilingual story times but haven't gotten any clear answers. Surprising given how multicultural Philadelphia is. This is a great start. If anyone can provide info into which branches offer bilingual story times that would be greatly appreciated.
Tamika - Philadelphia
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Thanks for the feedback Tamika! Here are a few locations that are providing bilingual storytime in May and June: • Chinese Language Storytime | Walnut Branch| May 15, 22, 29 |11:15 a.m. • Bilingual Storytime |Lillian Marrero Branch | June 5 | 10:30 a.m. • Dual Language Storytime | Donatucci Branch | June 21 | 10:30 a.m. • Caribbean Storytime with Miranda Alexander |Parway Central Library | June 28 | 11:00 a.m.
Mary Marques - Philadelphia
Monday, May 14, 2018

The Walnut branch was listed in err as one of the branches hosting this wonderful series. It's since been removed. Can someone provide some clarification about where this is actually happening? Locations, dates and times? Searching the events calendar has proven futile. Thanks in advance.
Tamika - Philadelphia
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thanks Tamika for your question! Please see below the name of the neighborhood libraries that are scheduled to provide this program in June: Queen Memorial Library |215-685-1899; Wadswoth Library |215-685-9293; Fumo Family Library |215-686-1758; Independence Library |215-685-1633; West Oak Lane Library |215-685-2843; Overbrook Library |215-685-0182. Please call your closest library and ask for additional information. Thank you!
Mary Marques - Philadelphia
Friday, June 8, 2018

Thank you for your speedy reply Mary. What would be more helpful would be for the events calendar to be updated to reflect this series. I did inquire in person and via phone at the Walnut branch and they did not know what I was referring to. They have since been removed from the list of participating branches. I would prefer not to have to call around to branches inquiring about an event that they may not know anything about. I have checked all of the branches hyperlinked and none have this event upcoming. If there is someone spearheading this series that I can reach out to via phone/email, your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Tamika - Philadelphia
Friday, June 8, 2018

Hello Tamika! I'll reach out to your directly. Thank you!
Mary Marques - Philadelphia
Monday, June 11, 2018