Target Free Family Saturdays: Imagination Storytime

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Community Event

Jun 201414
11:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California, 90012
United States


Transport yourself into magical and faraway worlds through storybook readings and exciting performances!

Come dressed as your favorite storybook character and receive a prize! (see below for rules)

  • If you could build an imaginary place to live, what would it look like? Get creative with our construction materials and create your own dream home!
  • Make and decorate a secret “book” to hide your treasures.
  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Make a Father’s Day card with Ruthie!
  • Help us write a silly and unique tale at our community storytelling corner.
  • Book Swap: Bring a book to donate and take one of ours with you.
  • Relax in the Book Lounge and read from a selection of children’s books.
    12 p.m.: JANM staff members read from Marissa Moss’s Barbed Wire Baseball .

    12:15 p.m.: Brian Won reads from his book, Hooray for Hat!
    12:30 p.m.: Interactive reading of the classic Japanese tale Under the Cherry Blossom Tree , with jANM volunteer Rodney Kageyama.

    1 p.m.–2 p.m.: Live storybook characters will be on-hand for mingling and picture taking.

    1 p.m.–3 p.m.: Have your picture taken (while film supplies last) and share a story about your name. Submissions will be published on the Discover Nikkei website in conjunction with the Nikkei Names stories project. For more details, please visit:

    2 p.m.: Katie Yamasaki reads from her book, Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family’s Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp .

    2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m.: Join Claire Mills for two unique performances that blend classic folk tales, popular songs, and interactive costumes.

    3 p.m.: Loriene Honda reads from her book, The Cat Who Chose to Dream .

    *Prizes will be given while supplies last. Costumes with masks, sharp objects, toy guns, or other weapons are not allowed.
    Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

    Check out our other fun and free Family Festivals !

    For more information about this event and others, please visit the Japanese American National Museum's events page:


    JANM . Last modified May 19, 2014 10:27 a.m.

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