Programs for Younger Audiences

“Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience” Online Site Support Notebook

  • Have younger library patrons research the life of a Negro league ballplayer and make a presentation at a special library program.
  • Sponsor a children’s game using baseball rules from the 19th century.
  • Plan a public program for students in the library presented by a librarian or teacher showing how to use primary sources in historical research.
  • Have a baseball trading card event focusing on cards showing Negro league players
  • Teen poetry writing and public readings on themes related to the exhibit.
  • Partner with a local children’s museum on programs about Pride and Passion.
  • Plan a young people’s baseball chautauqua focusing on personalities, events, music, costume and other aspects of the Negro leagues era, with speakers impersonating players, baseball-related craft activities, readings from biographies, etc.
  • Include an African-American baseball title for young people in a “One Book, One Community” series.
  • Family activity night at the library with stories about Negro leagues players and games.
  • A story time featuring The Bat Boy & His Violin and/or Dad, Jackie and Me, with drawing or other activities afterwards. .

Programs with Schools

  • With a lead teacher or teachers, sponsor a “Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience” curriculum workshop for teachers in your area, using curriculum web sites in this notebook (see “ Selected Web Sites with Lesson Plans for Teachers.”)
  • Enlist a teacher or librarian to present a curriculum activity to a library audience of young people.
  • Encourage teachers at local schools to use “Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience” themes in the curriculum during the exhibition.
  • Encourage class visits to the library during the exhibit period and plan pre- and post-visit learning activities with teachers.