Classical Connections Grants

Classical Connections Grants

*Deadline March 27, 2015*

This summer project was created by librarians in Charlotte, Vermont: Margaret Woodruff and Cheryl Sloan from the public library, and Heidi Huestis, the elementary school librarian. It was developed in response to a challenge from a community member, Alex Kroll, to encourage and challenge middle schoolers to read and enjoy the classics. Mr. Kroll graciously provided the funding, and the three librarians designed a content-rich week of activities, books, art and writing to enrich the readings.


The first project, in 2011, paired The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan with Greek mythology. The next year, they chose the topic of Shakespeare, and paired some of his plays with the novel, The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt. In 2013 they took on Dickens, pairing Oliver Twist with Katherine Paterson's Jip.


Libraries may use the materials that Charlotte has already prepared, or they may create their own. The requirements are:

  • Collaboration between a public library and a school
  • A week of activities for middle schoolers focused on either (1) Shakespeare and The Wednesday Wars, (2) The Lightning Thief and mythology, or (3) Oliver Twist and Jip
  • A writing component
  • Agreement to share any written plans for the project 


The Department of Libraries owns discussion sets of The Lightning Thief, The Wednesday Wars, and Jip so you will not have to buy them.


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