The Power of Story in Communities & Libraries as Launchpads
This year’s summer reading program music-inspired theme, Libraries Rock! will get kids into the rhythm of reading when school is out. Throughout the state, New Mexicans can tune into the fun at their local public libraries joining in reading contests, special events, and performances.
The Power of Story in Communities summer reading project is designed to spark high-caliber explorations into our culture, through stories, books, and sharing at libraries. The project, a partnership between the Department of Cultural Affairs, the New Mexico State Library, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Embudo Valley Library, will be carried out over the next three years with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
There will be events at these pilot sites: The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Library, the Silver City Public Library, and the Embudo Valley Library in Dixon. At the library events, teens will interact with Santa Fe Opera educators, developing characters, costumes, story elements, and a plot, culminating in a 90-minute performance finale designed to unlock each participant’s cultural experience, merging individual stories into one community story through the Hero’s Journey. Inspired by the theme of this year’s summer reading program, Libraries Rock! vocal artists will also join the workshop, resulting in a musical, artistic infusion into the performance. The events will invite exploration, ignite creativity, and encourage all to think critically.
Libraries as Launchpads
Beyond books and reading, libraries offer computers, free Internet, business news, flexible workspaces, meeting rooms—all the things every entrepreneur needs to launch a successful business. The New Mexico State Library, in partnership with Creative Startups and local public libraries, is transforming local libraries into economic development hubs through the Libraries as Launchpads project.
This project is preparing librarians and local educators to become conduits to economic development resources, building their book selections and special equipment that will support business growth. Entrepreneurs with a business idea in mind can apply to participate in the project. Once selected, entrepreneurs will engage in a four-week, pre-accelerator business class, learning the fundamentals of starting a business and building their peer and mentor networks.
The Fab Lab Hub in Santa Fe and other makerspaces in the state are providing participants access to five high-end technologies, such as 3D printers and CNC machines, to build prototypes
To lend your support to library programs like these and other literacy projects, follow this link to the New Mexico Library Foundation: statelibrarynmfoundation.org
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