Traveling Trunks

Traveling Trunks is a new middle-school resource-lending program from the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. These multimedia library kits are packed full of resources from across the Smithsonian Institution that deliver immersive experiences. Through touch, tech, sound, and sight, Traveling Trunks creates a screen-free sensorial rich environment. We currently have three different types of Trunks available for lending - Nice Tú Meet You:  Explore the history and culture of the Caribbean and Central America through teen voices in.   Extra & Ordinary: Overlooked Stories of Extraordinary Women: Immerse your learners in the stories of 20 little-known women across U.S. history using recreated museum objects. Flights of Friction: Fact or Fiction?: Join a passionate librarian as she unravels mysteries of truth and fiction from the past. Coming Winter 2023 is Reading the Canvas, a trunk made in partnership with the Hirshhorn Museum that introduces learners to reading the symbolism behind modern art. The program is a free resource for young learners and their educators, and Traveling Trunks can be sent to libraries, schools, community centers, and other learning sites for a month-long lending period, with the option to renew, anywhere in the United States. All costs, including shipping costs are covered; we just ask that users have access to a FedEx office.  ​​Interested in borrowing a Traveling Trunk? Request one Here. (need help? see pdf instructions below)

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Nice Tú Meet You
Cost: Free
Grades: 5-8

Extra & Ordinary: Overlooked Stories of Extraordinary Women
Cost: Free
Grades: 8-12

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