Tuesday, November 2, 2010


The New Hope-Solebury community ended their Read the World program with two different virtual events which explored various Latin American cultures. On October 25, photographer Bob Krist took the community on a multimedia tour of various Latin American countries. Krist, who has photographed for National Geographic Traveler and Smithsonian magazines, wowed the crowd with breath-taking photographs of Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, and other Latin American countries. For each of the countries of which he presented, he had interesting and often humorous stories about his experiences there.
On October 28, many high school Spanish students as well as some community members danced to traditional Mexican fiesta music in the high school cafeteria. The program was presented via a live video stream which allowed the professional Mexican dancer and the audience to see and hear each other. The students and community not only learned various dances of traditional Mexican culture, but were taught the customs and meanings that inspired the dances.
Both events were held in the evening and attracted 50-60 students and community members. While the Mexican Fiesta Dancing was provided through a grant from the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Bob Krist was very kind to give his fabulous presentation at no cost.

The Read the World program is a collaboration of the New Hope-Solebury High School, the Free Library of New Hope and Solebury and the New Hope-Solebury Education Fund. The group, whose mission is “one community exploring cultural diversity one book at a time,” recommended a selection of books to read about Latin American. Previously in the month, author Margarita Engle visited the school and community to speak about her books on Cuban history. Engle’s visit was paid in full by a New Hope-Solebury Education Fund grant which was awarded to Mary Schwander, the high school librarian. “The Read the World presentations helped bring awareness about Latin American cultures and brought students and our community together by reading the same books,” commented Schwander.

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