Tales of the Crypt - 2018 Jaffarian Award Winner

Tales from the Crypt: Danville's Living History

School: Danville (Ark.) Public Schools

Applicant: Kelly Klober, Library Media Specialist

Program Summary

Danville Public Schools in Danville, Arkansas have been recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for Tales of the Crypt: Danville’s Living History, that used a historic local cemetery as a basis for a multidisciplinary student project about historical persons and the history of the town of Danville.

Thirty students took part in the afterschool library program during the 2017-18 school year. Activities included:

  • workshops with local historians and genealogy experts;
  • researching historical persons and the town history, along with customs and clothing from the 1840s to 1940s;
  • community service at the cemetery, such as cleaning and repairing tombstones; and
  • a final performance, held at the cemetery, in which students re-enacted the life of a person or family interred there.


Arkansas public school system wins ALA school library award for cemetery-based research project