Author Storytimes in April

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Saturday, April 2 @11am:  Megan Shaughnessy:  Art and Imagination

Join artist and author, Megan Shaughnessy for a reading of her picture book, “Orla & Otis:  Lost & Found” followed by a hands-on creative art project for children ages 3-6 and their caregivers. When Megan’s young son lost confidence in his ability to use his imagination and create, she decided to write a children’s book to help children find and nurture their creativity.  Signed copies of her book will be available as an optional purchase. Masks are encouraged and pre-registration are required. Register here. 

Saturday, April 9 @2pm:  Akeem Banks: Strength and Perseverance

Inspired by his daughter, Akeem Banks’ debut book, I am Strong embarks on a journey with a young girl who discovers all the ways a person can be strong. From meditating to standing up to bullies, this children’s book captures the diversity of strength, support and perseverance.  After reading the book, there will be an opportunity for participants to draw or write what makes them strong. This will be followed a bodyweight exercise activity and a meditation activity to explore different ways we can be strong. For kids ages 5-9. Parents must remain nearby in the library. Register here.

Tuesday, April 12 @2pm:  Mariam Azeez: Ramadan Storytime

The spirit of Ramadan is empathy, gratitude, and compassion. It is a month full of self-reflection, prayer, and community. Mariam Azeez will read children’s books about the holiday to promote a better understanding of our community through this traditional celebration. Mariam is an author and a poet. Since publishing her book for children “Soulful Sydney Explores Diversity” she has traveled to schools, libraries, universities and communities across region and state to speak to children and adults with a mission to spread peace, harmony and understanding.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a hands-on craft activity.  For children ages 5-9 with a caregiver. Register here.

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