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Free StoryBook Festival at Southwest Regional Library Brings Folk Tales to Life

Come hear folk tales and music from around the world at the StoryBook Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Southwest Regional Library, located at 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines, FL 33331. This free festival offers a day of music, dance, storybook characters, crafts, stories and activities for youngsters and their families. Listen to renowned storytellers as they tell tales passed down from generations at the event and see and hear music and dance from Africa, China, Hawaii, Jamaica, Japan and South America.

The festival features live children’s performances on three stages as well as an arts and crafts tent where kids can get creative. Roam the Miami Herald’s Fantasy Forest, a magical place where children can interact with their favorite storybook characters. Hear stories by “celebrity reader” Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis. Enjoy the new “Swappin’ Ground” area where children may tell their own stories. Food trucks will be on site, selling tasty treats during lunch hours. Check out the latest downloadable books and new technology in the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile. The first 1,000 children at the festival will receive a free book, courtesy of the Baptist Medical Plazas’ Big Book Giveaway. Children are encouraged to come to the festival in costume, and join the StoryBook Parade at 11 a.m., and parents will want to bring cameras for the StoryBook Photo Spots.

Featured performances include:

  • Folk tales by Michael Parent, Carrie Sue Ayvar, Janie DeVos, Baba Lyons
  • Superstar Productions’ Hansel & Gretel
  • Japanese koto player Yoshiko performing with Taiko drummers, Fushu Daiko
  • Music from the Andes of South America by Wayna
  • Hawaiian dance by Ohana Arts
  • Lion Dance presented by Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association
  • Jamaican stilt walkers Mocko Jumbie
  • Magic by Cesar Domico
  • Children’s Entertainer Billy Jo Bob
  • Story Pirates sponsored by the Miramar Cultural Center / ArtsPark
  • “Celebrity Reader” Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis

Families and children are also invited to tour the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile, a community outreach vehicle for public libraries to promote downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. Developed inside a 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer, the nationally touring vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. See what’s new in electronic reading devices and more and see hands-on demos.

The StoryBook Festival is funded through the Broward Public Library Foundation with support from the City of Pembroke Pines, Baptist Medical Plaza at Pembroke Pines, the Miami Herald, Broward Family Life Magazine and Friends of Southwest Regional Library. For more information on the StoryBook Festival, call 954-538-9996.


If you want story time magic any time, call Broward County Library’s convenient, quick and always available Dial-A-Story, a free story time-by-phone service that’s available 24/7 to anyone with access to a telephone. Dial-A-Story features four different stories at a time, and the stories are changed every other week. Geared toward younger children, the stories are a mix of contemporary tales, timeless classics and favorite fairy and folk tales. Professionally recorded, the stories are easy to access and loads of fun. To hear the latest stories, just call 954-357-7777.

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Free Story Times for Children

Looking for free story times for families and children? Many Broward County Library locations offer story times that may include songs, stories, free play, crafts and even social time for parents! Please call library for information on dates and times.

Children Enjoy the Magic of Books and Art at Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library

The Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library offers both a free, public Broward County Library and the Young At Art Museum, an innovative children’s arts education complex. This unique partnership provides children and families with a spectacular, family-friendly facility that provides enrichment, education and entertainment – all in one location. The Young At Art Museum’s admission fees are $13 for adults and $12 for children ages one and up. There is no charge to enter the Broward County Library.

Young at Art Museum/Broward County Library
Photo by Robin Hill

The 10,000 square-foot Broward County Library at the Young At Art Museum boasts a collection of approximately 30,000 items for customers of all ages, including books, CDs, DVDs and more. It also offers free public library services including the use of library materials, 23 public-use computers and free Wi-Fi throughout. A meeting room, group study room, storytelling room and tutoring rooms are available. The library offers a variety of fun and free children’s activities including storytelling, crafts and more.

 Folk Tales and Fun: Books and Other Resources Available at BCL:

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Art Activities from Folk and Fairy Tales, by Judy Hierstein More...
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Don’t Split the Pole: Tales of Downhome Folk Wisdom, by Eleanora E. Tate More...

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Rabbit Ears Treasury of Tall Tales (DVD) More...

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Storywatcher’s Club: World Folk Tales, Volume One (DVD) More...
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The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales and Songs, collected by Ann Durell More...
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The Maid of North: Feminist Folk Tales from Around the World, by Ethel Johnston Phelps More...

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The Young Oxford Book of Folk Tales, edited by Kevin Crossley-Holland More...

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Trickster Tales: Forty Folk Stories from Around the World, retold by Josepha Sherman More...