Story Time at Blanche Ely House Museum (BEHM) was designed with legacy of pioneering educators, Blanche and Joseph Ely, in mind. The Elys lifelong dedication to providing and extending high quality academic and cultural experiences to African-American students in Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach is at the center of this program. Story Time at BEHM was developed to create an opportunity for even the youngest visitor to build a sense of community, participate in age appropriate learning and creative artmaking-- we read stories, create thematic projects and enjoy a healthy snack together. Story Time at the Blanche Ely House Museum aims to build a love of reading and storytelling while celebrating cultural heritage and a sense of community.
Although we can't be together for Story Time at the Blanche Ely House Museum, we are bringing these virtual programs to you through the magic of the internet!
June 2021 - Celebrating Caribbean Heritage Month
By Junot Diaz
Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else.
Hers was a school of faraway places.
So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: “Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you.”