GroundSwell, Penn Museum, Kick off PHILADELPHIA READS Children’s Book Drive
More than 400 people visited the Penn Museum Wednesday evening, April 10, for the Philadelphia READS Community Night, presented in conjunction with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s GroundSwell initiative. The event marked the official kick off of a book drive for Philadelphia children. Kids and families enjoyed music, dance, and poetry performances, created their own poems, learned how to write in ancient Sumerian and in Egyptian hieroglyphs—and heard stories from books—as read by Museum curators and collections keepers throughout the many-cultured galleries. By night’s end, the Museum had collected more than 350 books for PHILADELPHIA READS, a non-profit organization that provides free books to Philadelphia pre-school and elementary school educators for use in their classrooms and programs.
See photos from the event.
There’s plenty of time to be involved and, as the GroundSwell initiative motto notes, “do something good for a change” to make a difference in the community. The book drive continues through May 12, Mother’s Day. The Arts at Penn organizations, and the Office of Community and Public Affairs on campus, are collecting:
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, www.penn.museum
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3860 Walnut Street, www.pennpresents.org
Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th Street, www.upenn.edu/ARG
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street, www.icaphila.org
Office of Community and Public Affairs, 133 South 36th Street, 5 fl, www.upenn.edu/ogca
In Center City, the Cultural Alliance has a book drop off in the lobby of their building:
The Philadelphia Building – Lobby 1315 Walnut Street http://www.philaculture.org/action/groundswell