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Santa Fe Opera at Public Libraries

The Power of Story in Communities

Things will get rowdy this summer at public libraries across the state, with Libraries Rock!, this year’s summer reading theme that will get kids into the rhythm of reading when school is out.

With this year’s music-inspired theme, summer reading at public libraries will put books and reading front and center stage for children, teens, and adults. Throughout the state, New Mexicans can tune in to the fun at their local public library, joining in reading contests, special events, and performances.

As part of summer reading, the Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce The Power of Story in Communities, a summer reading project that will bring high-caliber explorations into our culture, through stories, books, and sharing at libraries. The project, a partnership between DCA, 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.

Kicking off this summer, there will be events at three 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, who will transform the library into a playground to unlock each participant’s cultural experience, merging individual stories into one community story through the Hero’s Journey. Participants will interact, developing characters, costumes, story elements, and a plot, culminating in a final performance finale at each 90-minute event. 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. Through the interactive storytelling process, teens and kids will reason and ask questions with the goal of bringing participants to new insights into their community, their culture, and the world around them.

As any lifelong learner knows, libraries rock…and this year, summer reading will make sure everyone knows Libraries Rock!

Learn more about summer reading by visiting your local public library.

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