The 13th annual Art of Storytelling Family Festival is a free month-long series throughout March and April sponsored by the Miami-Dade Library System.
The event featuring storytelling, dance performances, a gaming competition, an open mic night and mini-festivals.
The festival includes free family events, teen events, kids events, an art exhibit and workshops. The festivities culminate on Family Festival Day, April 27 at the Main Library, 101 West Flagler St., 33130. from 10 am. To 4:30 p.m.
Tales Under the Stars
Grab a blanket and enjoy an evening of stories from around the world. Sharing tall tales and folklore are storytellers Mama Koku, Carrie Sue Ayvar and Lela Lombardo. In honor of this year’s exchange partner, there will be a Flamenco performance by Gyspy Cat on the grounds of the Deering Estate.
All performances begin at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9
Key Biscayne Branch – Mama Koku
Wednesday, April 10
Miami Lakes Branch – Mama Koku
Thursday, April 11
West Dade Regional – Mama Koku
Tuesday, April 16
Coral Gables Branch – Carrie Sue Ayvar
Thursday, April 18
Kendale Lakes Branch – Lela Lombardo
Tuesday, April 23
Deering Estate – Flamenco Dancing
Wednesday, April 24
Arcola Lakes Branch – Lela Lombardo
Activities include a special Spanish craft, face painting, a Spanish guitar performance, a Flamenco demonstration and of multi-cultural stories.
Saturday, March 30, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Teen Gaming Competition
Teens, put your gaming skills to the test and take part in some gaming action. Branch winners will move on to the finals which will be held on Festival Day, April 27 in the Teen Zone.
Tuesday, March 19, 4 p.m.
West Dade Regional
Thursday, March 21, 3:30 p.m.
West Kendall Regional
Saturday, March 30, 3 p.m.
North Central Branch
Tuesday, April 2, 3:30 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional
Open Mic Nights
If you have a personal story to share the library we want to hear from you. Register at the branch.
Wednesday, April 3, 3 p.m.
Edison Center Branch
Thursday, April 4, 3 p.m.
West Flagler Branch
Thursday, April 4, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9, 6 p.m.
Golden Glades Branch
Tuesday, April 9, 6 p.m.
Miami Lakes Branch
Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 3:30 p.m.
Kendale Lakes Branch
Wednesday, April 10, 4 p.m.
YOUMedia/North Dade Regional
Wednesday, April 10, 6 p.m.
California Club Branch
Reading Around the World – Literary Art Series
Spend your spring break “Reading around the World” with Art Works for Us. Each session will interactively explore one of the countries the Library System has partnered with for the International Exchange.
Best for ages 7-12.
Saturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m.
Key Biscayne Branch – Discover Jamaica
Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m.
International Mall Branch – Enjoy a Colombian Adventure
Monday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.
Culmer/Overtown Branch – See Brazil
Monday, March 25, 2 p.m.
Kendall Branch – A Tour of France
Tuesday, March 26, 10:30 a.m.
South Dade Regional – The Wonders of Spain
Tuesday, March 26, 2 p.m.
Coral Reef Branch – A Trip Down to Trinidad & Tobago
Wednesday, March 27, 10:30 a.m.
Opa-locka Branch – Explore Ireland
Wednesday, March 27, 2 p.m.
Lemon City Branch – A Tour of France
Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m.
Arcola Lakes Branch – The Wonders of Spain
Thursday, March 28, 10:30 a.m.
Allapattah Branch – Discover Denmark
Thursday, March 28, 2 p.m.
Hispanic Branch – Enjoy an Expedition to Ghana
Friday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.
West Dade Regional – Take a Trip to Taipei
Friday, March 29, 2 p.m.
Kendale Lakes Branch – Trekking through Canada
Saturday, March 30, 10:30 a.m.
Shenandoah Branch – Enjoy a Colombian Adventure
Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
North Dade Regional – Argentinean Rodeo
Mark Parascondola, Butcher Barber (Mini-Hollywood), 2012, pigment print. Courtesy of the artist.
Once Upon a Time in Almeria
April 26 – June 3
Main Library – 2nd floor exhibition space
During the 1960s and 1970s, the region of Almeria in Spain, was host to dozens of filmmakers who constructed elaborate movie sets, invoking locations from the American Southwest to Bedouin Arabia. This series of photographs focuses on the architecture and locations used in classic films over the years.
These storytelling workshops are designed to help parents, teachers, librarians and caregivers incorporate storytelling into the lives of children. Workshops are free. Registration required.
Two sessions will be held (Select only one location)
Tuesday, March 19, 10 a.m. – Noon
West Dade Regional
9445 Coral Way
Tuesday, March 19, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
South Dade Regional
10750 SW 211 St.
Space is limited. Register online or call 305-751-8687.
Instant Storytelling at Home, in the Classroom or at the Library with Sherry Norfolk
In this fast-paced, hands-on workshop, you’ll participate in a wide variety of story games and story activities, Learn how to engage kids in the world of stories.
Friday, April 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Arcola Lakes Branch
8240 NW 7 Ave.
Registration deadline is Friday, April 12. Space is limited. Register online or call 305-751-8687.