Children learn about Lewis and Clark during summer reading program

Children attending the Summer Reading Program at the Lindsay Library have been learning about the travels of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark as they made their way through an expedition across western North America -- unknown territory for all but Indians.

Their goal was to map the rivers, make friends with natives, open the West to trade, and look for a Northwest Passage that would make an easy water route from coast to coast.

Every Tuesday children along with a few parents have made their way to the library to find out more about two explorers who helped uncover the American landscape. On Tuesday, June 29 Children learned about Sakajawea, the indian girl who helped Lewis and Clark on their travels.

After hearing about Sakajawea's role in the journey the students made crafts. Last week the students made gathering pouches out of a toilet paper role and some string. Librarian Deanna Pettis said Sakajawea used the pouch to gather berries and seeds. The children previously made coonskin caps and journals for making maps of their neighborhood.

There are just two more sessions of the summer program left. The last Tuesday will be July 20. Those attending the last session will have the opportunity to hear a story from famous storyteller Okland Bloodworth. Also on Tuesday's at the library are preschool storytelling sessions. These sessions begin at 10:30. For more information call the library at 562-3021.

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