Throughout the month of April, Enoch Pratt Free Library is celebrating children’s creativity and imagination with free, fun family events. For the 7th Annual Imagination Celebration, the library will be highlighting Jacqueline Woodson’s The Day You Begin.
The month-long celebration starts off with the Imagination Celebration Kick-off Party on Saturday, April 6 at the Maryland Historical Society. From 10am to 3pm, enjoy fun activities for the whole family. There will be crafts, movement activities, games, free face painting, early learning activities for children ages birth to 5 and souvenir photos to take home. The Maryland Historical Society is located at 201 West Monument Street in Baltimore.
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Here’s a list of all the free events scheduled at the Enoch Pratt Free Library branches. Some events require registration for groups of 5 or more — you can get more information here, including the address of each branch location.
Imagination Celebration events in April:
- The Magic of Words on April 2 at 12:30pm at Northwood Branch: Hear a read-aloud of Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, and use your own “magic pencils” to decorate a community banner.
- Destination Imagination Preschool Party on April 2 at 1pm to 3pm at Southeast Anchor Library: Festivities begin with a Milkshake (duo) performance and dance party at 1pm. Then there will be stories, hands-on activities, and light refreshments.
- Imagination Celebration: Mindful Color Collage on April 2 at 3:30pm at Hamilton Branch: Stories will be read for inspiration and then participants can create mindful color collages of themselves using paper and ink.
- A Tree Grows in Canton on April 6 at 2pm at Canton Branch: The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson will be shared, and then participants can make a craft and help plant trees along the sidewalk outside of the library.
- Magical Murals on April 6 at 3:30pm at Washington Village Branch: Create a mural expressing what makes your community special. All supplies provided — be sure to dress for a mess!
- Destination Imagination Preschool Party on April 10 from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Waverly Branch: Festivities begin with storytelling by TAHIRA at 10:40am. Afterwards, there will be more stories, hands-on activities, and light refreshments.
- Group Poem Creation Celebration on April 10 from 4pm to 5pm at Brooklyn Branch: Listen to The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and create a poem as a group.
- Destination Imagination Preschool Party on April 11 from 10:15am to 11:30pm at Clifton Branch: Festivities begin with storytelling by Baba Jamal Koram at 10:15am, followed by more stories, hands-on activities, and light refreshments.
- Destination Imagination Preschool Party on April 15 from 4pm to 6pm at Canton Branch: Stories, hands-on activities, and light refreshments followed by Mr. Jon with interactive music and dancing.
- Destination Imagination Preschool Party on April 17 from 10:30am to 12pm at Pennsylvania Avenue Branch: A playful, interactive Dance & Bmore dance party will be followed by stories, hands-on activities, and light refreshments.
- Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 from 2pm to 3pm at Patterson Park Branch: Listen to the story Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea by Elizabeth Suneby, learn about the Earth, and imagine how you can make the world a better place.
- Imagine… on April 23 at 3:30pm at Light Street Branch: A celebration of community and creativity — there will be activities and a story.
- Community Paper Quilt on April 23 at 4:15 to 5:15 at Reisterstown Road Branch: Listen to The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and then decorate paper “quilt squares.” The paper quilt will be based on creating community for a better world.
- Imagination Celebration: The Day You Begin on April 24 at 3:30pm at Roland Park Branch: Listen to the book The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and then help tell a story.
- Destination Imagination Preschool Party on April 25 from 11am to 12:30pm at Brooklyn Branch: Storytelling by Janice the Griot, followed by stories, hands-on activities, and light refreshments.
- Poem Decorating on April 25 from 5pm to 6:30pm at Herring Run Branch: Put your unique touch on the poem “Imagine” from the book Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera. Listen to excerpts from the book The Day you Begin and talk about the relationship between both books.
- Create a Community Collage on April 26 from 10:30am to 11:30am at Cherry Hill Branch: Put creative ideas for community improvement on unique pieces of artwork, then add each piece to a large Community Collage of Togetherness.
- Imagination Celebration for Families: Our Big Small Town on April 27 from 1pm to 3pm at Southeast Anchor Library: Come in costume (or not) and help build and decorate a cardboard neighborhood. There will be a dance party with DJ K-Boogie afterwards.
- Imagination Celebration: Stories to Share on April 27 from 1pm to 2pm at Forest Park Branch: Listen to Jacqueline Woodson’s The Day You Begin, and share a book that describes you.
- Destination Imagination Preschool Party on April 27 from 2pm to 4pm at Govans Branch: Festivities begin with dancing to live music by the String Poets trio, followed by stories, hands-on activities, and light refreshments. Dressing up in your favorite fairy tale or festive outfit is encouraged.
- Destination Imagination Preschool Party on April 29 from 10:30am to 12pm at Orleans Street Branch: Festivities begin with stories, hands-on activities, and light refreshments, followed by the National Aquarium sharing an interactive program about protecting animals that live in the city, including a visit from a live animal.
- Unmasked on April 29 from 3pm to 4pm at Edmonson Avenue Branch: Listen to the story The Day You Begin and create a craft that promotes diversity around the world.
- Creating A Better Neighborhood on April 30 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm at Walbrook Branch: Discover books that illustrate how diverse voices and experiences can be used to expand shared interest through community activism.
Enoch Pratt Free Library’s 22 branches have lots of free events for different age groups and interests throughout the year. Learn more here.
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