Celebrate National Opera Week with storytime series at Omaha Public Library

Omaha Public Library (OPL) and Opera Omaha will partner during National Opera Week, October 26-November 4, to offer a sensational storytime series. Storytimes in this series will include an opera-themed book and vocal activities with an Opera Omaha Community Artist Fellow. Attendees will explore early literacy skills of singing, playing, talking and reading. Children of all ages are welcome to participate in this free event.  

“Offering opera storytimes is a great way to expose children to a different style of music than they typically experience at library storytimes,” said OPL Youth and Family Services Manager Julie Humphrey. “They will have an opportunity to learn what an opera artist does, and potentially begin to develop a love of arts and cultural activities available in our community.”

Opera Omaha Fellows will visit the following storytimes:

  • Friday, Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m. at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402-884-7473
  • Monday, Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m. at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402-444-6284
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850
  • Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St., 402-444-4851
  • Friday, Nov. 2, 10:30 a.m. at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402-444-4852

“These storytimes are part of our National Opera Week programming, and our goal during that week is to show the full spectrum of opera and related activities in new and different ways,” said Lauren Medici, director of engagement programs at Opera Omaha. “Led by our Holland Community Opera Fellows, these storytimes are a fun, interactive way to introduce opera to some of the youngest members of our communities, as they meet an opera singer and are encouraged to discover their own opera voices.”