Families connect through Lorain’s public library system.
Maker-in-Residence Workshop: Family Read Aloud and Puppet Activity was held March 24 at the South Lorain branch, 2121 Homewood Drive.
The new Maker-In-Residence program connects audiences to art and the people who create it and includes diverse art forms such as theater and performing arts, visual arts, technology arts, media arts , the written arts and music.
South Lorain branch manager Danielle Coward said the program was made possible by a grant from the Nord Family Foundation.
“The idea is for various local artists to interact with community members about their art,” Coward said. “I think it’s really great that our first two artists have different mediums than what’s normally associated with arts programs.”
She said it’s important for them to have good role models in the library.
“It’s very important to have successful artists that young children and others can aspire to,” Coward said. “They are able to see wonderful artists who come from similar backgrounds working with different mediums.”
South Lorain Library Branch Maker-in-Residence Raquel M. Ortiz, Ph.D, is an Emmy-nominated author and playwright.
Ortiz narrated an interactive reading from his book, “Broken Butterfly Wings,” and taught attendees to make a stick puppet based on the animals featured in the book.
The event targeted K-3 youth and caregivers.
Ortiz, a Lorain native, said she was honored to serve in her community.
“It’s amazing because this is my home and these are my people,” she said. “I just hope that more people start using the resources that libraries have and that we do more reading with our children.”
Regular studio hours at the library allow creators and artists to create on-site as patrons come, interact, and learn about different artistic processes.
Each manufacturer also offers special free workshops for the public every month.
“I try to do different kinds of activities and family programs,” Ortiz said. “We will have more programs for young adults and eventually we will create stories and turn them into plays.”
The next workshop will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., April 2, at the Lorain Sud branch.
Participants will learn the history of Japanese Kamishibai storytelling with Ortiz and gain hands-on experience creating story boards and sharing them using a Kamishibai storytelling theatre.
Coward said the fabricated theaters will be distributed to every branch of the library and throughout the community.
“This program will be beautiful and a lot of fun,” she said. “We will also have the created theaters available at checkout.”
Pre-registration is required.