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The Global Book Hour


Buffalo State teacher candidates provide neighborhood children and families with:

  • an interactive read aloud,

  • reading strategies and activities,

  • a multi-cultural book,

  • and a healthy snack.


Schedule & Locations


Wegman's Cafe

September 27 - November 29, 2014
10:30 am until 12:00 noon
601 Amherst Street, Buffalo, 14207


Westside Value Laundromat

September 29 - December 1, 2014
4:00 pm until 5:30 pm
417 Massachusetts Avenue, Buffalo, 14213


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About GBH


The Global Book Hour integrates geography, vocabulary, music, visual arts, and healthy eating into a weekly, one-hour, session held at local businesses.

Each week focuses on a different part of the world, and all activities center on "travel" to this location. Children and their families participate in the weekly activities, and continue learning with the book received, and through suggested activites made available at the session and online.

Buffalo State undergraduate and graduate students facilitate the GBH program. A clinically-rich field experience, the GBH allows teacher candidates from a variety of disciplines to work together to lead this university-business-community partnership.

The GBH began in spring 2010 as a partnership between the Elementary Education and Reading Department and Wegmans on Amherst Street. Healthy snacks are provided by Wegmans Chef Jason and Amy Pastore.


Parent Testimonials

The Global Book Hour is making an impact on the level of interest and success children experience with reading and literacy, as well as their comfort within social situations and interactions. Read our Parent Testimonials to learn just how much of an impact GBH is having on communities and families!

Global Book Project

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Bacon Hall 302
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5916 •  Fax: (716) 878-6033
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