Imagine Neighborhood Podcast Program - podcast and activities for children in public libraries

From: "Sharon Rawlins [NJYAC]">
Subject: Imagine Neighborhood Podcast Program - podcast and activities for children in public libraries
Date: September 20th 2022



I spoke to the creator of this program and am sharing the information with you for informational purposes only. This program is geared for children ages 5 – 8, but older siblings up to age 10 can participate too. Hamilton Public Library will be offering the program at their library on Nov. 9th. Reach out to Colleen Affrime at the Hamilton Public Library if you have questions.

One of the themes of the program is community, which ties into next summer’s summer reading program slogan of “All Together Now.”


The Imagine Neighborhood Program


The Imagine Neighborhood (TIN) aims to help families and kids build up their social & emotional skills, discuss big feelings, celebrate their communities, and learn ways to grow kinder. Our program also has its roots in research around "reading with your ears" and how it boosts learning because of associations between what children read and what they hear.  


With an estimated 117K Libraries across the country, The Imagine Neighborhood podcast has identified an opportunity to extend its message and content in the form of free in-person events held in libraries and other non-profits across the country.

We will also continue our work with the PTA to grow the program and begin conversations with the ALA to expand the program nationally. 

TIN's in-person program is proactive and intentional and developed in partnership with librarians to meet the needs of the community each library serves. Our team will work closely with library partners to execute the program and identify and collect project outcomes and maintain long-term partnerships. 

The 45-minute program plays in two parts; a 12-minute episode is played for the children with an accompaying script of question prompts (managed by librarian and/or TIN staff); the children then move to a crafting table to take part in an activity that has been pre-planned and also supports the episode chosen for the program. 

The themes for example can be about identity and community, managing big feelings, visits to the doctor, etc.  


Here are sample TIN episodes for review:

Here is a link to the Radio Free Book that will be donated to our library partners for use during the program.


The Imagine Neighborhood was created in partnership with Committee for Children. The show relies on SEL education-based research to create episodes filled with fantastical characters and stories that help kids and families grow and build on their emotional/social skills. We've also created a companion activity book RADIO FREE, that has been donated to public school districts through our partnership with the PTA. The Imagine Neighborhood Library program is made possible by a grant from the Allstate Foundation and will continue through 2023.



Diana Velez | Partnerships Manager, The Imagine Neighborhood Podcast


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All the best,


Sharon Rawlins, MLS (she/her/hers)

Youth Services Specialist

Library Development Bureau

New Jersey State Library

P. 609-278-2640 x116

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