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Tuscan Students Experiment with Book Arts Thanks to Achieve Grant

The following is from the South Orange-Maplewood School District

On Tuesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 9th, fourth grade students at Tuscan School participated in a workshop entitled, “The Art of Making Books”. Tuscan School Library Media Specialist, Amy B. Popp, was awarded an Achieve grant this past December for this special event. Per the grant, fourth grade students were instructed by Meg Wastie, Curator of Education, Kathy Barrett and Hilary May, Museum Educators, and Emily Cataquet, Museum Intern from the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison, NJ.  Meg Wastie is also a retired English teacher from Columbia High School (and Ms. Popp was one of her students!).

Students learned about the history of books and created star books by hand. Students may use these books to record their writing or poetry, display illustrations or math equations, or transcribe science facts.  Handcrafted books have a myriad of uses and in addition can be considered works of art.

The Tuscan School students, faculty, and parents are appreciative that fourth grade students were able to receive this wonderful learning experience from the educators at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.  

From left to right: Emily Cataquet, Museum Intern; Amy B. Popp, Tuscan Library Media Specialist; Meg Wastie, Curator of Education; Hilary May and Kathy Barrett, Museum Educators.

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