What educational opportunities will you be offering for the upcoming school year?
This fall, IRW will bring two-time Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator to three outer-island schools with a program around her picture book "Hello Lighthouse," among many other book-centered school programs to our partner schools. We will continue to offer an array of community programs.
IRW will offer community programs throughout the year, including book talks with authors and illustrators, professional development for librarians and educators, pre-K story time, workshops on picture books and other book-related topics. Currently, our community programs remain virtual and IRW will offer in-person programs once safe to do so.
How has COVID-19 changed the way you reach your audience?
Since the fall of 2020, IRW has been able to offer its school programs virtually, with children's book authors and illustrators joining our partner schools over Zoom or Google classroom. Virtual programs mean that IRW can bring authors and illustrators together with children no matter their geography, but it has also meant that children do not receive the in-person connection with the author or illustrator.
We miss seeing the children's smiling faces during an art workshop and witnessing the interaction and excitement with their peers and the author/ illustrator in person. The pandemic inspired us to expand our community programs and offer our resources to a wider virtual audience.