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.
Families with children and teens are invited to virtually attend four different performances: a comedic show with an improv group, an origami demonstration and class taught through storytelling, a concert featuring animated illustration and a traditional storyteller diving into animal folklore. These performances will take place every other Tuesday at 2 p.m.
- June 1: “Family Improv with OKC Improv” – Improv players use games and audience suggestions to create silly, artistic fun for all.
- June 15: “Storigami with Shiri” – Shrikant Iyer uses the power of storytelling to teach the tradition of origami.
- June 29: “Gustafer Yellowgold” – Two-time Grammy nominee Morgan Taylor performs a family-friendly music and animated illustration concert featuring live music, colored-pencil animations and storytelling.
- July 13: “Lessons Learned from Animal Tales” – Oklahoma storyteller, DWe Williams dives deep into traditional and new animal folklore.