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"Storytelling, Creativity, and Fun: A Look Inside Keep The Kids Reading Event"

Keep the Kids Reading is a delightful family-friendly event dedicated to promoting the joy of reading among children while fostering creativity and imagination. Designed to be engaging for both kids and parents, the event offers a variety of activities centered around literature, art, and storytelling. This event welcomes children between the ages of 8 and 15. RSVP Here

Saturday, April 20th | 3:00p - 6:00p

Location: Historic D.A. Dorsey House |  250 NW 9th St, Miami, FL 33136

Story Time w/ Michael Woodward, Jr.
Time: 3:30p - 4:30p

As a current adjunct professor at Barry University and a former elementary teacher, Michael Woodward, Jr. was inspired by his 3rd and 5th grade black and brown students who struggled to find fiction literature they could see themselves in. He writes stories that are representative of the hundreds of thousands of children who stem from low-income communities and face inequities that many adults may never have to encounter. Yet, regardless of their race or socio-economic status, Michael has dedicated his life to instilling equity and representation for all. Learn more about Michael Woodward, Jr.'s inspiration at his website:

Michael Woodward, Jr segment will include:

  • Story narration with active audience participation.

  • Opportunities for discussion and reflection.

Story Time w/Sheila W. Jackson
Time: 4:30p - 5:30p

Sheila W. Jackson is a veteran educator and children's book author from Miami, Florida. Sheila weaves her classroom experiences and fond memories into her humorous and adventurous Jot & Click chapter book series. She helps build self-esteem in children through her rhyming picture book Being Free. Sheila also entertains and promotes creativity and imagination through her newest picture book titled Sneakers Are for Sneaking. Sheila finds great joy in writing stories that resonate with children. She has dedicated over 30 years of her life to the field of education and understands the power of a good book. She hopes that her stories promote positivity, happiness, empathy, and imagination.

Sheila W. Jackson segment will consist of 

  • Story read aloud and audience participation

  • fun mini activity book for each child [while supplies last.]

Attendees at the Keep the Kids Reading can anticipate a variety of engaging activities. Brush Elements will be offering delightful face painting sessions, while Mr. Mack Grill Island Food Truck and Mr. Frosty305 will be on hand to provide delicious food options. Additionally, there will be various art activities available for the whole family to participate in and enjoy together. RSVP today!


"On The Ban Wagon | The Power of The Pen"  It's an art exhibition shedding light on banned books and their ongoing struggles. Hosted at the historic D.A. Dorsey House in Overtown, this event is proudly brought to you by the esteemed Black Archives in collaboration with MUCE.

Exhibition hours of operation Mon - Fri 11a - 6p Saturday 12p - 5p RSVP Only



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