Remixed Classics

Remixed Classics is a program series which has goals to build connections, make space for new voices, create empathy and belonging, and support vibrant communities. Funding for Remixed Classics has been provided by PA Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and by the Friends of Tredyffrin Public Library.

Altogether, Remixed Classics will reinvigorate our connection to classics and the library. During the program series, we will consider the impact of history, philosophy, and culture, as well as, the importance of continuing or retelling classic stories.

There is a plethora of programs that children, teens, and adults can enjoy. Check out some of the programs below!

Children & Families

The first program offered to children between the ages of 8 and 12 will consider a classic children’s book and remix it by creating a film or live skit. Led by a history expert, participants will discuss the story’s time period and what might have influenced both the story and the writer.

The second program offers a family book group which will be led in discussion about historical, cultural, and philosophical elements of each book selected. After the discussion, families will remix each story by changing different elements of the book.

Teens

The first program offered to teens will focus on selecting, reading, and discussing a classic novel and research the time period of the selected novel. Afterwards, teens will create original films that remix elements from the original work.

The second program offers a book group for teens. During the book group, teens will read a classic novel and discuss the story and its historical, philosophical, and cultural context. Teens will remix the classic into an audio drama and share it as a serial podcast.

Adults

During summer months, adults will read a classics retelling, such as Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood or Ariadne by Jennifer Saint. Then everyone will participate in a discussion of the remixed classic, led by Villanova Classics Studies professor, Dr. Alissa Vaillancourt. During the discussion, participants will learn about the influence of history, philosophy, cultures, and other humanities as depicted in novels that remix classic stories. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to virtually meet an author who published a classics retelling.

Author in Residence

Paoli Library will host an Author in Residence. The program will consist of pop-up book group discussions, two writing workshops, a discussion of the remixes seen in the author’s work, and finally an author talk about their latest publication.

Check back for information about dates and which authors will be visiting the libraries in-person and virtually!