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Library offers reading programs, workshops for the whole family

If you’re a parent, you know how important it is for your kids to read even while out of school.

Tami Edminster, juvenile programming specialist, Indianapolis Public Library and Scott R. Janz, director of artist programming, Arts for Learning Indiana have information on fun and educational programs both you and the kids can enjoy as part of the library’s summer reading program. Here’s more information from them:

Imagine Your Story Reading Program:

  • June 1 – August 1
  • Summer Reading program for kids, teens, and adults.
  • The program is FREE and open to any Marion County resident to participate

Arts for Learning Indiana has been working for nearly 70 years to bring quality, art education to young people in our community, supported by Young Audience Arts for Learning Inc., a national network of local organizations doing the same. We reach youth by fostering relationships between community partners and our roster of around 60 professional artists and ensembles.

This work is provided through workshops, professional development, interactive performances, and long-form, in-depth, residencies.  These programs illicit learning via our methodology of Arts Integration: creatively engaging with the practice of an art form while connecting to curricular subjects (literacy, math, science, history), with evolving objectives in both.

Much of our work is also imbued with Social Emotional Learning (SEL), as we strive to educate the “Whole Child”, especially in light of the traumatic times in which we presently finds ourselves.

Constantly working to adapt to the needs of the community, we have begun providing meaningful distance learning experiences as well.  We maintain our mission to reach all youth where they are, and we are very excited to be working with the Indianapolis Public Library this summer to be providing 3 digital workshops through the Library’s Summer Reading program:

Jingo de la Rosa– “Comic Books for Comprehension”

Ronne Stone – “Cultural Dance of West Africa”

Usha Sirimalle – “Mehendi”

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