Jackson Center Offers “Read-In” Activities and Story Time

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The Robert H. Jackson Center, a non-profit dedicated to promoting liberty under law through the examination of the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, and his legacy’s relevance to current events and issues, will host a “Read-In” with activities and story times for children and their families on Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, at the Jackson Center, 305 East Fourth Street, Jamestown, NY. Jackson Center Executive Director Susan Moran Murphy made the announcement.

The center welcomes children and families on December 3 to learn about the concepts of the constitution, judicial system, and Supreme Court of the U.S. through hands on activities from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and story time readings at 2:30pm and 3:30pm. Children can create a book mark, build a mini ‘scales of justice’, and have their photo taken in our Supreme Court Justice Photo Booth. Storytime readings feature “Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse: A Tail of the U. S. Supreme Court,” written and illustrated by the award winning and bestselling writer/illustrator team of Peter and Cheryl Barnes.

This delightful book follows the Supreme Court of the United Mice of America and its Chief Justice Marshall who, with his fellow mice justices, consider the constitutionality of a long-standing mouse law which requires mice to eat certain types of cheeses only on specific days of the week. This engaging tale, told in verse, introduces children to the Supreme Court of the U.S. in a fun and relatable way. The book is recommended for elementary age children; story time readings can also be enjoyed by younger and older ages.

Through this fun child-focused “Read-In” program, the Jackson Center introduces our youngest community members to the lasting importance of Justice Robert H. Jackson’s life and work, and Jackson’s love of reading. For Jackson, reading was important and instilled a sense of adventure, a love of learning, and a respect for the power of words. Jackson used the public library regularly as his resource for reading material. To support public library access to books for all students, the Jackson Center sought and received a generous grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) in order to donate two copies of “Marshall, The Courthouse Mouse” to each of the thirty-eight library branches within the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. The book is a new entry to the system.

All Read-In attendees may participate in a drawing for a “Marshall the Courthouse Mouse” book and other goodies, and all children will receive a custom Robert H. Jackson book plate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is encouraged and donations are appreciated. Please register online at www.roberthjackson.org/events, or by calling (716)483-6646, or by email to sschutter@roberthjackson.org.

The Robert H. Jackson Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail. The Center invites and engages scholars of all ages, educators, national officials and international dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice through the relevance of Justice Jackson’s body of work.