DATE: November 14, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - The 16th Annual StoryBook Festival will be held at the Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street in Pembroke Pines on Saturday, November 18th from 10AM to 4:30PM. This is a FREE event for children and families.
This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the book Frederick, written and illustrated by Leo Lionni. The theme of the 2017 StoryBook Festival is "It Takes a Village...in Honor of Leo Lionni" as Frederick focuses on the nature of community and the many roles played within a community.
The first 1,000 children arriving to the festival will receive a free book. The City of Pembroke Pines will sponsor an arts and crafts tent where kids can get creative. Children can interact with their favorite storybook characters in the Fantasy Forest, and will also enjoy the "Swappin' Ground" area where they may tell their own stories.
Food trucks will be on site, selling tasty treats all day, as well as a Fire Truck, if available. Children can get their face painted for free, and parents can bring cameras to take photos at the Storybook Photo Spots.
Children are encouraged to come to the festival in costume and join the Storybook Parade. There will be a full day of music, dance, storytelling, storybook characters and children's performances on three stages.
Featured performances will include:
-Tales by origami storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto
-Storyteller Donna Washington
-Comedy/magic show with magician Brent Gregory
-Fantasy Stew, an arts-in-education theatrical show presented by Fantasy Theatre Factory
-Children's entertainer Suzy Hammer, performing as the Bookworm
-Children's entertainer Marci Poppins
For schedule and list of activities and performers, please see the attachment at the bottom of the page.
The StoryBook Festival is presented by and funded through the Broward Public Library Foundation, in partnership with the City of Pembroke Pines. It is sponsored by the Friends of Southwest Regional Library and Broward Family Life Magazine, with Jo DiMaggio Children's Hospital as presenting sponsor. This project is funded in part by Broward County through the Broward County Commissioners with proceeds from the 2000 Broward County Safe Parks and Land Preservation Bond Issue.
For additional information please call 954-357-7406, 954-357-7317 or 954-357-6580.
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