Storytellers from the Caribbean a part of Miami’s 9th annual Art of Storytelling (AOS) International Festival

MIAMI – Storytellers from around the world will take center stage in downtown Miami on Saturday, May 2, from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., as the Miami-Dade Public Library System celebrates its 9th annual Art of Storytelling (AOS) International Festival, this year featuring its exchange partner the Toronto Public Library, Canada.

This free family event at the Main Library, 101 W Flagler Street, will highlight the joys of reading and expose young children, teens and their families to the many ways in which storytelling is used in different countries to enhance literacy.

Baba Lyons

A magical adventure awaits as celebrity storytellers, from Canada, Brazil, the Caribbean, Japan and the U.S., join the cast of the Bit’s ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre, Teatro En Miami, Didgeridoo Down Under, Mother Goose, Little Red Riding Hood, Anne of Green Gables and many others to entertain and enthrall.

Unique to this year’s event will be a “Teen Zone” featuring anime, manga and video gaming competitions; plus activities around popular books such as Twilight and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Throughout the day there will be magic shows, face-painting, arts and crafts and music and dancing with local and international entertainers including Blah-Zay-Blah, Steps in Order, the Drumming Circle, the Tallawah Mento Band, the Kehewin Native Dance Theatre, the Jamaican Folk Revue, and Bahamian Junkanoo.

Tallawah Mento Band

Junkanoo performers

Free parking is available at the Miami-Dade Cultural Center Garage, 50 NW 2nd Avenue and the Hickman Garage, 270 NW 2nd Street.

For a full schedule of events log on to www.mdpls.org. or call 305-375-BOOK.

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