University Libraries Dean’s Showcase Exhibiting Excellence: Juggling for Mary: Vocation, Gifts, and Performing for Our Lady (Clown of God)
Kendall Kiss, Mary Horvath, Brynne Kessler
Students from several disciplines became involved with the Marian Library’s 2022 Christmas exhibit, Juggling for Mary: Vocation, Gifts, and Performing for Our Lady. Centered on a medieval story about a humble juggler in a monastery who struggles to find an appropriate Christmas gift to present to the Virgin Mary, the tale has been adapted and retold through operas, movies, and in contemporary times, many children’s stories. The students in Professor Mary-Kate Sableski and Jennifer Adams course, Foundations of Literacy through Literature, engaged in several experiential learning activities connected to the exhibit. They examined versions of the story from different time periods to explore how the language, morals, and illustrations of children’s literature has evolved. They performed read-alouds in the exhibit space for visiting school groups, selecting books to connect to diverse audiences. Finally, they created a StoryWalk, combining literacy and physical activity, with panels of Tomie dePaola’s Clown of God and activity prompts displayed across campus.
Course Project 202280 EDT 350 01
Jennifer Adams, Mary Sableski
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium, School of Education and Health Sciences
Institutional Learning Goals
"University Libraries Dean’s Showcase Exhibiting Excellence: Juggling for Mary: Vocation, Gifts, and Performing for Our Lady (Clown of God)" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 3218.
Presentation: 10:00-11:00 a.m., Roesch Library Gallery