Boca Raton Library Focuses On Culture Through Storytelling

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The Boca Raton Library is launching a new storytelling series this year called “One World, Many Cultures.”
The free storytelling programs are for adults and will be held on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. at the Downtown Library.
“Our new Story Central series is a reflection of the library’s exciting new 2017 initiative, Cultural Connections,” Program Services Librarian Oyuki De Santiago Poletz said. “Our mission is to instill a wider awareness of the cultural diversity in our community, and these storytellers—most of whom reside in Florida—highlight several of the unique cultures in our state.”
Presentations include:
January 28: Caren Schnur Neile – Bagels, Bialys and Bubbe Mayses: A Celebration of Jewish Storytelling
February 25: Tamara Green – My African-American Dream
March 11: Joseph Sobol – In the Deep Heart’s Core: A Celebration of William Butler Yeats
April 29: Kuniko Yamamoto – From Japan with Love: The Magical, Musical Storytelling of Kuniko Yamamoto
November 4: Pedro Zepeda – Seminole Storytelling: History of a People
The series is coordinated by Caren Neile, former chairperson of the National Storytelling Network, who teaches storytelling studies at Florida Atlantic University, and performs and lectures on storytelling worldwide.
“Many people think storytelling is just for young children at story time,” Dr. Neile said. “While that’s certainly an important component of it, our programs display the full range of the art form. Just like theater, film or music, there are different programs and performers for different interests.”
Registration opens 30 days before each program on the library’s calendar at bocalibrary.org.