Performing can be one of the most stressful experiences, until you try it.
Luckily, the library has so much to offer elementary age kids in addition to story times and book clubs. They have real life experiences to try, connecting kids of similar ages and boosting their self-esteem.
“Who knew this was all at our fingertips when we visit the library?”
One of the many free or low-cost classes offered for kids at Hennepin County Libraries are FabLabs. Each session allows kids to create, craft and share with their peers. This encourages imagination, hones fine motor skills, and builds self-esteem while in a safe environment.
Musical Theater is also an option. In Step, a theater and performing arts workshop, involves kids in dance from short combinations inspired by original Broadway choreography to spinning on the ground, kicking in the air, and rocking the dance floor. Moving their bodies while exploring the story a song and dance can represent, they are provided the skills to come up with their own routine and perform it for the group.
Kids can even learn the art of writing and telling a joke! A professional comedy writer and theater artist leads the class which ends with each child comedian telling their favorite joke up on the portable stage.