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press release: Madison Public Library’s We Read program ends the summer with storytelling programs for children and families August 8-20.

As families reflect on their summer experiences, the Madison Public Library offers a chance to share stories in a unique way. For two weeks, each library will offer workshops and/or independent activities for the enjoyment of children and families. Activities include Bubbler-led creative opportunities, such as making your own digital comic or making an animated stop-motion video using iMovie. Bubbler Media Instructor Rob Franklin (Rob Dz) will also lead interactive spoken word poetry workshops and Alexis Dean, Bubbler in the Neighborhood artist at Meadowridge Library, will also lead a poetry-inspired storytelling session.

We read storytelling activities:

  • Monday August 8: Comics, Doodles, and Movement, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hawthorne Library
  • Tuesday, August 9: Digital Comics, 1-3 p.m. at Pinney Library
  • Tuesday, August 9: Spoken Word Stories at Parks Alive, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Darbo/Worthington Park (3102 Worthington Ave.)
  • Wednesday August 10: Digital Comics, 1-3 p.m. at Sequoya Library
  • Wednesday August 10: Spoken Word Stories, 2-4 p.m. at Lakeview Library
  • Saturday August 13: Animation in stop motion, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the central library
  • Tuesday August 16: Digital Comics, 1-3 p.m. at the Monroe Street Library
  • Thursday August 18: Digital Comics, 1-3 p.m. at the Alicia Ashman Library
  • Tuesday August 23: Poetry is for Everyone – Storytelling with Mr. Alexis, 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Meadowridge Library: Celebrate a summer of reading with this special workshop to tell YOUR story! Through poetry, we can all tell our own story and share it with others! Join Mr. Alexis in creating something poetic for yourself, a friend, or a loved one.

The Madison Public Library also commissioned We Read postcards, which include illustrations by local artist Emily Balsley and quotes about happy reading. The back of each postcard contains an invitation to share about something you read and enjoyed last summer. There are 18 different English and Spanish templates available in each library. Pick up a postcard (or several postcards!) at your local library and get a free stamp from the reference desk.

“Postcards are a great way for adults and children to share their favorite stories with a friend or loved one,” said Tammy Ocampo, Youth Services Manager. “We Read is an opportunity for our community to fall in love with reading of all kinds AND share that reading with others!”

The We Read program is made possible with support from the Madison Public Library Foundation, Ascendium Education Group, Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, Dick Goldberg & Lisa Munro, and David Wood & Jane Doughty.

Learn more about We Read at madpl.org/weread.

About us read

We Read is a year-round, all-ages, community-wide celebration of reading what you want to read. To enter, Madisonians can simply find something to read they like and share with a friend or on social media using #WeReadMadison and tagging Madison Public Library.

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