Press Release
Storytellers, Giant Puppets, Dancers, Musicians, Storybook Characters, and more!
– At Miami‑Dade Public Library’s 14th Annual International Art of Storytelling Family Festival –
Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. ‑ 4 p.m.

(MIAMI, APRIL 17, 2014) – Once upon a time… and far away. Come let your imagination soar at the Miami‑Dade Public Library’s 14th annual International Art of Storytelling (IAOS) Family Festival, Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Main Library, located at 101 W. Flagler Street, in downtown Miami.

This extravaganza features storytellers from across the nation and our own community. The stories they share are suitable for all ages, and all events are FREE, including free parking at the Miami‑Dade Cultural Center Garage, located at 50 NW 2nd Avenue, and the Hickman Garage, located at 270 NW 2nd Street.

The festival kicks off with a storybook parade, featuring the Richmond Heights Middle School band, and children ages 0‑12 are invited to come dressed as their favorite characters to participate. Throughout the day, children can enjoy the Bit’s ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre, Mother Goose on the Loose, song & dance with “Shana Banana” and the library’s own “Reading Ready” crew, Legomania, arts and crafts and giveaways.

Performing on three main stages are storytellers Carrie Sue Ayvar, Kaye Byrnes and Sadarri & Company; folk singer Matthew Sabatella, and magician Robert Hermens. The plaza stage will feature the Ife‑Ile Afro‑Cuban dancers, Italian folk dancers, the Tampa Taiko drummers, and Renaissance Sword Fighters.

The festival also offers a special “Teen Zone” featuring the Live! Modern School of Music band, Karaoke, Anime, Cosplay, video and board gaming, and a special presentation by YOUmedia Miami. Throughout the day guests will have the opportunity to interact with storybook characters, strolling minstrels, jugglers, and stilt walkers. A special carnival parade with the Bahamas Junkanoo Shakers will end the festival.

IAOS was created by the library system in 2000 to highlight the important role that storytelling plays in education, culture and entertainment. Since that time, the library has partnered with public libraries from 14 countries to closely explore ways that storytelling is used in other cultures. IAOS offers a series of programs, including workshops for children and adults, mini‑festivals, outdoor storytelling events, and the international family festival. These events have introduced some of the best local, national, and international storytellers to the community. The 2014 internationalpartner is the Public Libraries of Milan – Comune di Milano Settore Biblioteche.

The IAOS is made possible by The Children’s Trust, Miami‑Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Friends of the Miami‑Dade Public Library.

For a complete schedule of events visit the AOS Family Festival page.

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Media Contact:
Vinora Hamilton
305-375-3327
hamiltonv@mdpls.org

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