Adventure into the wild world of the arts with Stillwater Public Library’s “NEA Tails and Tales” 2021 Summer Reading Program. This year’s program will take place virtually and explore a wide range of the arts, with performances and workshops on topics like dance, music, writing, songwriting, acting and more. Participation in the SPL’s annual Summer Reading Program is free and registration begins May 24, with reading challenges and online activities running through July 31. Readers of all ages are encouraged to sign up and join the fun.
“Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), we are able to include performances and workshops with our summer reading program again, a long-standing tradition that we all truly missed last year,” said Elizabeth Murray, SPL’s Children’s Librarian. “We’re excited to have found a new way to continue this community-favorite element of our annual program in a way that allows the whole community to continue to participate,” This year’s focus on the arts gives children, teens and even adults a lot of fun options to participate in programs and workshops highlighting various artistic endeavors.
Along with these family programs, children in grades 1-5 will have the opportunity to participate in artist workshops where they will learn to create art of their own. These workshops require registration to receive the Zoom links and will have a limited number of slots for the live events, which will take place on alternating Tuesdays at 2 p.m.
- June 8: “Children’s Comic Art Workshop” – Aaron Polk, NYT Best-selling cartoonist and colorist for the “Dog Man” books, provides instruction on the basics of comic art.
- June 22: “Tales Behind Fairytales” – Author Liesl Shurtliff discusses fairytales, their origins and how she used them to spin her own unique tales.
- July 6: “Children’s Songwriting Workshop” – Two-time Grammy nominee Morgan Taylor presents the basics of songwriting.
- July 20: “Children’s Dance Workshop” – Broadway dancers from the Passdoor Company deliver the basics of dance.