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Kids Take Adventures in Reading at the Crocker Kids Book Club
Crocker Art Museum summer reading program takes kids beyond pages
Sacramento, Calif. – April 23, 2012 – Keep children excited about reading during summer vacation with the Crocker Kids Book Club. A unique program to engage and entertain boys and girls ages seven to 10, the Crocker Kids Book Club pairs museum-themed classics of children’s literature with gallery experiences that relate to the characters’ adventures.
Club members will enjoy activities, a behind-the-scenes look at the Crocker, discussion, and snacks during each club meeting. And while the kids are having fun learning, parents, grandparents, and caregivers can enjoy personal time at the Museum. Facilitator Jennifer Martin-Lopez has a master’s in child development and co-founded the Family Connection Program at the University of California, Davis. Parents and kids can meet the facilitator at a free orientation on Tuesday, June 26 from 3 to 4 p.m.
The Crocker Kids Book Club will feature the beloved classics "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg on July 10 and "The Enormous Egg" by Oliver Butterworth on August 14. Both books are available for purchase from the Museum Store. The Crocker Kids Book Club is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. For more information, call Nancy Ciraulo at (916) 808-1060.
The Crocker also provides a family reading opportunity year-round by inviting children and their grownups to check out "Birdy’s Museum Adventure" for free from the Museum Admission Desk. Families can follow Birdy on a gallery trail to seven works of art, and numbered trail markers lead the way.
The All About Families initiative is a comprehensive project by the Crocker Art Museum that is focused on providing dynamic opportunities for families to connect with art, with each other, and to nurture a habit of life-long learning. Engaging families is critical to the Crocker’s mission. All About Families ensures that the Crocker remains a key resource for regional families to nurture their creative spirit, learn together, and make connections to the world around them for generations to come. The All About Families Initiative is supported, in part, by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.
The Crocker Art Museum was the first art museum in the Western U.S. and remains one of the leading art museums in California. Established in 1885, the Museum features one of the country's finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thursdays. For more information, call (916) 808-7000 or visit crockerartmuseum.org.