Aequora at the Butterfield Memorial Library

Aequora at the Butterfield Memorial Library


Our Aequora site is located at the Butterfield Memorial Library in Cold Spring, NY. It is a Library that provides many after-school programs and opportunities to its students, now including Latin. 

Aequora is a K-8 program focused on literacy via Latin. At Butterfield Memorial Library, we have chosen Aequora because we believe in the benefits of a classical education. Through The Paideia Institute’s Aequora curriculum, our volunteers harness the classical languages’ power to improve literacy, cultural understanding, and equity in education — all while making the ancient Mediterranean world fun and accessible to students of all backgrounds.

Led by independent site coordinators, Aequora envisions Classics as an inclusive, diverse, and socially engaged field. Our textbook, Aequora: Teaching Literacy with Latin, introduces the basics of Latin vocabulary and grammar, Roman culture and mythology, and connections between Latin, English, and Spanish, all through games and activities designed to show students that learning Latin is fun!


Our program is held twice a month on Saturdays from 2:00 to 3:00pm. Our students range from 4th to 7th graders, and no prior experience with Latin is needed! We instruct on Latin vocabulary, engage in conversations about Roman and Greek mythology, and play various games. These activities not only enhance our understanding of the classical tradition but also foster an immersive and dynamic learning experience. The Aequora program is sustained by enthusiastic volunteers all over the country who care about making a difference and want to fight educational inequality through sharing their love of Latin. We are always looking for new volunteers!



Our site coordinator, Nina Zeltser, is a student at Hackley School.