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Issue 009 / Summer 2019 / Page 2

To celebrate Bok Bar’s new kid-friendly hours, we decided to make the entire inside spread of the newspaper kid-friendly as well!


Introducing The Bok Book Nook

As Colin Lenton gets older, he isn’t enjoying is birthdays very much. This year, the photographer (whose studio is at Bok) decided to celebrate his birthday a little differently, by creating a volunteer project with his friends and family. He had recently learned about Read by 4th, a group of partners committed to helping Philadelphia’s children become strong readers. The group’s vision is that all children are reading on grade level by the time they enter 4th grade. This is important because it is the age when students switch from learning to read to reading to learn. 

One of the ways Read by 4th encourages involvement is through creating “Book Nooks” in public spaces where children might be bored or where there are no activities for kids. Colin thought the Two Persons seating area would be the perfect place for a Book Nook. Colin found old lockers that were no longer in use at Bok, and he and his friends fixed them up and painted them a bright green. They also built dollies so the Book Nook could be moved around the building for Bok’s events. Instead of gifts, Colin asked his friends to donate children’s books. Bok’s Book Nook is full — it’s a mini library! Next time your parents bring you to Two Persons, borrow a book from the Book Nook and practice reading with them.

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Cool Jobs with Peter Brown

Did you know that we have a famous children's book author and illustrator right here at Bok? He's even got a day named after him in Abilene, Texas! Here are a few of our favorite books by Peter Brown (they were all on the New York Times Bestseller List!).

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THE CURIOUS GARDEN While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dreary, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.

MR. TIGER GOES WILD Everyone was perfectly fine with the way things were. Everyone but Mr. Tiger. And then came the day when Mr. Tiger had a very…wild…idea.

CREEPY CARROTS! The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever picture book parable about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him.

THE WILD ROBOT When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings?