Library Programs

Library Programs

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School program reservations for 2018-19 are now closed.

Please note, program offerings are subject to change.

School Programs run from Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10–11:30 a.m.

We do not run programs on the first Thursdays of the month.

School groups are encouraged to extend their visit after their program and explore the grounds and collections.


 Paper, Pens & Prose: Discovering Early Manuscripts  

Students discover the way in which the first books were printed and produced, how paper and inks were made, and the role of the medieval scribe. In the Library Hall, students visit original manuscripts, including Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales along with early printed treasures, such as the Gutenberg Bible. A classroom activity follows the gallery experience, where students try their hand at calligraphy, illumination, and bookbinding.


Grade Levels: 5 – 8

Accommodates: 40 students maximum
Offered: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays and every Thursday


 Explorations in American History 

Runs January – May 2019

This docent led program is designed to complement the American history curriculum. Through dialogue and other age-appropriate engagement strategies, students will explore how society responded to major events in our nation’s past, as well as learning about how diverse people lived throughout our history. All students will engage in close looking of primary sources in the Library Hall, as well as artworks in the Scott Galleries of American Art. Materials may include: manuscripts, photographs, and literature, through to portraits, sculptures, statuary, furniture and everyday items used in the homes of rural people.


Grade Levels: 5, 8, and 11

Accommodates: 40 students maximum
Offered: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, Jan. – May 2019
Additional resources available on Explorations in American History


 Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times

Runs January 2019 – May 2019

Students discuss and decipher the fascinating stories that primary source documents reveal. Small groups of students, led by docents, delve into literature and history, exploring the expansive collection of items ranging from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to a First Folio edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays to relics of the American West.


Grade Levels: 8 – 12
Accommodates: 50 students maximum
Offered: 2nd and 4th Fridays, Jan. – May 2018


 Learning Through the Collections

New this year!

Join us this fall as we launch “Learning through the Collections”, a new program where students explore what it means to collect, how the Huntington collection has grown, and what we can learn through our diverse collections – from the Library Exhibition Halls, to the Gardens, and into the Art Galleries. Led by docents, students will be invited to make connections across the collections. This program will focus on close looking at primary sources, inquiry, dialogue and other age appropriate engagement strategies.


Grade Levels: 3 – 12
Accommodates: 40 students maximum
Offered: Every Wednesday


About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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