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Time-Travel Storytime: Frances Perkins, Champion of Workers’ Rights

March 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Historian & actress Alex Delare leads an interactive storytime with the picture book Steadfast: Frances Perkins, Champion of Workers’ Rights

Travel back in time to the turn of the last century to discover Frances Perkins, the activist whom we can thank for the idea that children belong in school, not working in factories! The book centers on Perkins, whose life changed forever when, as a student, she visited a factory. Horrified that women and children were working in such dangerous places, Perkins vowed to fight on their behalf, organizing unions on the Lower East Side and advocating to change labor laws. At this program, your family will learn about Perkins’ remarkable life, how she was impacted by the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and why President Roosevelt eventually turned to her for help! After the story, Alex will lead a discussion about what it was like to be a young factory worker on the Lower East Side in the early 1900s, and how to use Frances’ example to make a difference in your own communities.

Recommended for children ages six and up and their adult companions.

A note to participants: This program will discuss the tragedy of the Triangle fire, in which 146 garment workers died, but the primary focus will be on Perkins’ work as an activist.