Summer is heating up and so are we at the St. Bernard Parish Library. Our 2020 Imagine Your Story VIRTUAL Summer Reading Program is growing just like Jack’s magic beanstalk! Our online events are better than a golden harp or a goose that lays a golden egg and we are adding more programs, crafts, and storytimes every day. It’s not too late to join in the fun. Everyone is invited to visit the library’s summer reading webpage at mysbpl.org/srp2020.
Page Turner Adventures will dominate our fifth week of fun starting on Monday, June 29th with their ‘Imagine your Musical Story’ theme. There’s sure to be lots of looney tunes! Kids will travel back in time via a Time Machine Piano to help save Ludwig Von Beethoven from the musical machinations of the villain, Dr. Crescendo, and his cacophonous cryptic codes. Then they’ll make Australian clapping sticks and mini African drums. Older kids will create sharpie tie-dye tee-shirts and bat puppets (Hey, they use echolocation! It works with the music theme). Featured writer this week is the awesome Sherri Winston, author of The Sweetest Sound, Jada Sly, Artist and Spy. Helping the Page Turner and Kenny close out a melodious week will be guest performer Miles Hoyt, a ten-year-old blues playing phenomenon.
The library is able to offer so many amazing online programs thanks to a Decentralized Arts Fund grant that comes from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, St. Tammany Parish Government. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works as well as a donation from Arlette and Wayne Nunez and the Shell Matching Funds Gift Program. The library staff is especially grateful to all of the artists who made the transition from live performances to online videos.
All of the programming being presented on the library’s summer reading webpage can be streamed from wherever our summer readers are. Patrons are asked to check the online calendar for the dates streaming is available for particular programs. While we normally enjoy the artist and audience interactions our live programming makes possible, with our virtual programming viewers are encouraged to leave comments during or following the online shows so that we can maintain that special connection our summer readers have with the many special and talented artists who are still sharing their craft with us. Let’s make this virtual summer reading event the best one it can be! For more information, please contact the library by calling 504-279-0448, by emailing us via the Contact Us button on our website at www.mysbpl.org, or messaging us through Facebook.