Read in Color is bringing diverse books to Little Free Library book-sharing boxes around the world. The program has four key components: (1) Read in Color pledge: Everyone can sign a pledge indicating their commitment to read and share diverse books. Participants have the option to showcase their commitment on the Read in Color Pledge Wall and have access to special resources. (2) Little Free Library installations: Read in Color is establishing new Little Free Library book-sharing boxes filled with culturally relevant books in high-need communities on a city-by-city basis, working in tandem with local partners. (3) Free diverse books: When Read in Color launches in a city, Little Free Library stewards in the area can apply to receive shipments of diverse books at no cost, purchased from BIPOC-owned independent bookstores whenever possible. (4) Recommended reading lists: The Diverse Books Advisory Group provides a list of multicultural books for children, adolescents, and adults representing Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, Muslim, LGBTQ, and other communities.
Budding young artists, photographers, or digital experts will appreciate the Master Class offerings that are part of Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures. Designed for students in grades 6–11, these weeklong studio courses help students develop specialized skills as they create personal projects inspired by Smithsonian collections.
On June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (ET), children can join educators from the National Gallery of Art and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for an enjoyable hands-on Art Tales Live: Online Storytime program.
Fans of Jane Austen can visit her House from the comfort of their home, or wherever they are. They can stroll through the House, now a Museum, on a 360-degreevirtual tour, wander through the gardens with the Museum cat, or take in an online exhibition.