International Art of Storytelling – Jamaica 2002
The first International Exchange Partner was the Jamaica Library Service in Kingston, where staff presented workshops on children’s librarianship and multicultural storytelling. They performed traditional American folktales and met with local folklorists who gave insights into Jamaican folktales, particularly stories about the famous trickster, Anansi.
Later that year, two Jamaican librarians/storytellers, traveled to Miami-Dade where they performed at several branches and presented workshops intended to inform and sensitize staff to the particular needs of Miami-Dade’s large Jamaican population. The presence of these international librarians provided a forum for open discussion and better understanding of the commonality that is shared. Staff from both countries understood that they share the same purpose and both strive to achieve the same goal of providing excellent library services to their communities.