MIAMI – The Miami-Dade Public Library System is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Art of Storytelling (AOS), with community-wide events for the entire family. Enjoy Tales under the Stars, mini-festivals, storytelling slams and workshops. All events are free and open to the public.
The excitement culminates on Saturday, May 1, 10:30 a.m., with the International Festival at the Main Library, 101 W Flagler St.
For complete details visit www.mdpls.org or call 305-375-2665.
Events for April:
Thursday, April 8, 5 p.m.
Brazilian Cultural Night – West Dade Regional – 9445 Coral Way
Enjoy a screening of the movie Taina, a tale of the Brazilian rainforest and an eight-year-old Indian girl who saves a rare lizard monkey from the grasp of animal smugglers.
Following the film, at 7 p.m. will be a special samba class with Nadia Hommerding.
Saturday, April 10, 10:30 a.m.
Mini Festival- Celebrating Brazil – West Dade Regional- 9445 Coral Way
Experience the culture of Brazil with samba demonstrations, an interactive Capoeira show, the Great Kapok Tree show, the King of Leaves puppet show, Brazilian games, arts & crafts and more.
Game On! Teen Video Gaming Competition
Enter the Super Smash Bros Brawl competition. Winner of each qualifying round will compete for prizes in The Art of Storytelling: Teen Video Gaming Tournament, on May 1, at the Main Library. Number of participants is limited. Ages 12-19.
Friday, April 9, 3:30 p.m.
West Kendall Regional -10201 Hammocks Blvd
Thursday, April 22, 5 p.m.
South Dade Regional- 10750 SW 211 St.
Saturday, April 17, 10:30 a.m.
Mini Festival – Celebrating Colombia and Puerto Rico – West Kendall Regional- 10201 Hammocks Blvd
Celebrate the music and flair of Colombia and Puerto Rico! Enjoy cumbia with the Estampas de Colombia dance troupe, Juan Bobo plays, the Cucarachita Martina puppet show, storytelling, arts & crafts, face painting and more!
Sing Me a Story: Musical Folktales from Around the World with renowned storyteller Heather Forest – for children, K-3.
Tuesday, April 20, 10:30 am
Pinecrest Branch – 5835 SW 111 St.
Wednesday, April 21, 10:30 am
West Kendall Regional – 10201 Hammocks Blvd
Wednesday April 21, 4:30 p.m.
Miami Lakes Branch – 6699 Windmill Gate Rd.,
Saturday, April 24, 10:30 a.m.
Mini Festival – Celebrating Argentina – Miami Beach Regional – 227 22nd St.
Come witness the fire and precision of Tango; enjoy face painting, Mama Gansa stories, arts & crafts, a scavenger hunt, and more.
Tales under the Stars
Enjoy a magical evening of tales with renowned storytellers. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs.
Tuesday, April 27, 7 pm
Golden Glades Branch -100 N.E. 166 Street –featuring Lela Lombardo
Miami Lakes Branch – 6699 Windmill Gate Rd – featuring Carrie Sue Ayvar
Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m.
Kendale Lakes Branch – 15205 SW 88 St. – featuring Carrie Sue Ayvar
Lemon City Branch – 430 NE 61st St, – Featuring the Momentum Dance Company
Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Pinecrest Branch – 5835 SW 111 St. – featuring Sadarri & Company
Virrick Park Branch – 3255 Plaza Street – featuring Diane Ferlatte
Thursday, April 29, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Family literacy for parents, teachers, storytellers and librarians with Sadarri & Company
Coral Gables Branch- 3443 Segovia St.
Award-winning storyteller and author Sadarri Saskill and her daughters will share ways to use multicultural stories, rhythm and rhyme as literacy tools for the entire family. This workshop is great for individuals working with visual, auditory, kinesthetic and combination learners and has been proven successful in traditional schools, libraries and home environments. Space is limited. Registration required. Call 305-751-8687 or visit www.mdpls.org by Monday, April 5.
Friday, April 30, 9:30 am – 1 p.m.
Bringing Stories to Life with Diane Ferlatte
North Dade Regional, 2455 NW 183 St.
Storyteller Diane Ferlatte has wowed audiences across the globe from Graz, Austria to Auckland, New Zealand. Discover the power of a well-told story through group exercises, presentations and personal examples. Space is limited. Registration required. Call 305-751-8687 or visit www.mdpls.org by Monday, April 5.
Story Slams- Real Stories in Real Time
Story Slams are entertaining events that give people the opportunity to tell their own true life stories without preparation. Everyone is invited to join the fun and compete for prizes. Visit www.mdpls.org for dates and locations.