Rockford Public Library uses grant for Rockford Day program
ROCKFORD — The Rockford Public Library has been awarded an “Our Journey” award, as part of Rockford Art Deli’s #HereForGoodRKFD campaign and will use it to fund a Rockford Day workshop.
The “How I Thrive in 815″story creation and illustration workshop will happen from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 15 at the Montague Branch.
At noon, families of the workshop participants are invited to bring blankets and a light picnic while local author Karla Clark treats the group to a reading of her clever, rhyming picture book, “You Be Mommy” followed by members of the [usual] Suspects Theater Company performing short, humorous skits about the importance of reading and writing.
Workshop participants will be free to share their story creations, as well. Activities are expected to wrap-up at 1 p.m.
Designed for children comfortably able to read and write–ages 8 and older, the program will also feature artist Lesa Greco, who will teach participants to create and illustrate a short story focusing on different ways our community has served them throughout recent months.
Each young writer will receive a new composition notebook in which to create their illustrated story and bring home as a keepsake of this memorable event.
The Montague Branch Library at 1238 S. Winnebago St. In the event of rain, the event will be held at RPL’s Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. Coronavirus safety protocols will be enforced, including face coverings and social distancing.
Registration is available at RPL’s website.
“We think that children creating stories around how they’ve experienced the unprecedented events of the last months is a perfect way to celebrate positives of our community,” RPL Executive Director Lynn Stainbrook said. “We are so lucky to have the opportunity to collaborate with such highly celebrated local talent in order to nurture the creative expression of kids in Rockford.”
Four “Our Journey” grants were awarded to fund local uplifting creative endeavors with universal, broad-based appeal and overall community impact. Assisting young readers in creating their own picture books while exposing them to a local published author, artist and theater performance speaks to a RPL Strategic Plan key initiative of being a key education provider that enriches and empowers users through a variety of learning experiences.