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WILMA RUDOLPH: Olympic Champion - VIRTUAL Library Program

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1344 E Bailey Rd Naperville, IL 60565
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Joan Schaeffer
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We at Historical Perspectives for Children are proud to present our inspiring ONLINE program for your young patrons:


● Was the 20st of 22 children, born in the South in the 1940s to strong, caring parents
● Contracted polio as a little girl, overcoming its paralyzing effects on her left leg by age 12
● Struggled academically but learned to believe in her abilities and try her best at whatever she did
● Overcame poverty and discrimination to become the first in her family to graduate from college
● Became the first woman in the US to win three gold medals in the Olympics in track (1960)
● Coached and mentored young people throughout the US, encouraging them to “do and be their best!”

Show pictures, reviews and quotes can be seen at Historical Perspectives for Children on Facebook. WILMA'S enthralling, uplifting story is perfect for Disability Awareness Month (October), Inspirational Role Models' Month (November), MLK celebrations (January), Black History Month (February), Women's History Month (March), School Library Month (April), National Sports and Fitness Month (May), and all throughout the summer months.

This 45-minute, full-life, captivating portrayal is in a pre-recorded, online format (with captioning), and includes slides, sound effects, taped voiceover and costume changes to truly bring this WILMA to life. There is also a pre-recorded question and answer period with the playwright (Joan Schaeffer) immediately following the program.

WILMA should be scheduled for a specific date and time for your patrons, as you would with any in-house program. It will then be easily accessible during this time period via a simple link and password. There are no programs to download or log into.

We would love to inspire your patrons with WILMA RUDOLPH: Olympic Champion this year.


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