UDPL received a special visitor in February – Flat Stanley!
Flat Stanley is a juvenile fiction book by Jeff Brown that was first published in 1964. In it, young Stanley is flattened by a falling bulletin board which enables him to be mailed across the country to California. Since shortly after the initial publication, teachers across the country have been using Flat Stanley in their elementary geography curricula. Often teachers will have each of their students create a paper Stanley and mail him to family and friends around the world. The hope is that those who receive a Flat Stanley will return him with photos, souvenirs, and stories about wherever it is that he’s visiting. Students then share the adventures of their Flat Stanley with their classmates, allowing all of them to learn about different parts of their state, the US, or even other countries! You can read more about Flat Stanley’s history and the Flat Stanley project by visiting his official website through Harper Collins Publishers.
Our visiting Flat Stanley was mailed to us by second grader Layla Witwer in Ephrata, PA . The library entire staff pitched in to teach Flat Stanley about Fort Washington, Upper Dublin Township, and Upper Dublin Library. He learned a lot about what happens behind the scenes at a public library from how books are added to the shelves to how holds work. We are very proud to present a video chronicling his visit and hope you enjoy watching it!
Unless otherwise noted, all photos are property of Upper Dublin Public Library
Flat Stanley is the property of HarperTrophy Publishing.
Brown, Jeff, and Scott Nash. Flat Stanley / His Original Adventure. HarperTrophy, 2009.
Greg Heffley is the property of Amulet Books.
Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Amulet Books, 2018.
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