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A Year of Stories

Reader’s Theatre shared a dozen diverse seasonal stories in 2021.
The monthly live events showcased books, crafts, and local talent. 
Enjoy a look back at the year past and join us for more events in 2022.

Jan. 13 The Mitten 
by Jim Aylesworth

The story about how a child’s lost mitten became a refuge from the cold for an increasing number of animals.

A celebration of winter and Winter Challenge!
Make a Mitten Craft
Feb. 10 Red Riding Hood
by James Marshall

The story about a little girl who meets a hungry wolf in the forest on her way to visit her grandmother.

Make a Basket Craft
Mar. 10 Traveling Tom and the Leprechaun
by Teresa Bateman

The story of a wandering minstrel who outwits a leprechaun to win the heart of a princess, who will only marry a man of daring, intelligence, and humor.

A celebration of St. Patrick's Day!
Make a Harp Craft
Apr. 14 The Poet Upstairs
by Judith Ortiz Cofer

The story about a poet who moves into the apartment above a young girl’s and together they write poems, typing out words that change the world, if only for a while.

A celebration of the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month!

Create a Journal
May 12 The Wise Old Woman
by Yoshiko Uchida

The story about an old woman who demonstrates the value of age when she solves a warlord's riddle and saves her village from destruction.

A celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

Make an Origami Ice Cream Cone
Jun. 2 Make a Wish, Henry Bear
by Liam Francis Walsh

The story about a little bear and his unusual parents who encourage him to stay up all night, eat chocolate cake at every meal, and get into trouble with his teacher until he grows tired of indulging in childish things.

A celebration of DC Public Library’s 125th birthday!

Make a Wish Candle 
Jul. 14 Lucille Camps In
by Kathryn Lasky

The story about a child who is upset because he cannot go camping with father and older siblings, so he and his mother decide to go camping inside the house.

A celebration of summer and Summer Challenge!

Make a Happy Camper Craft
Aug. 11 School's First Day of School
by Adam Rex

The story about the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary where everyone is a little bit nervous, especially the school.

A celebration of Back-to-School!

Make a School Craft
Sep. 8 Martina, The Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale
by Carmen Agra Deedy

The humorous Cuban folktale about a cockroach who interviews her suitors to decide whom to marry.

A celebration of International Literacy Day and Hispanic Heritage Month!

Make a Café Cubano cup and saucer 
Oct. 13 'Ehéngmay and the Raven
by Jeannine Pedersen-Guzman

The story about a Native American girl who sets out to discover the meaning of her name.

A celebration of Indigenous People’s Day!

Make a Raven Craft
Nov. 10 Puss in Boots
by Paul Galdone

The story of a young man who finds fortune when his clever cat outwits an evil giant.

A celebration of Kids Euro Fest!

Make a Puss in Boots Puppet
Dec. 8 The Emperor's New Clothes
by John Rowe

The story of a vain emperor who is tricked into wearing nothing at all.

Make an Emperor's Crown