Which programs are you most excited about presenting this year? At our Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center, we’ve just applied for grant funding to host our 9th Annual Storytelling Festival.
Your Passport to the World, a month-long storytelling festival presented by the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center, will integrate international folktales, oral storytelling, and puppetry through a dynamic celebration of world cultures. Aligned with the library’s mission as a window to the world, this festival supports library goals three and six as identified in our long range plan; “the library will provide customers with opportunities and experiences that explore and support diversity in the community,” and “the library will provide resources that support and encourage lifelong literacy and creative expression.”
Youth services staff will present free programs to meet current and future needs and interests of the community. Reflected through summer reading programming and downtown 4th Friday events, children and their families will experience professional theatre and musical acts. The target audience for this free family festival reaches young children, elementary school students, and their families. Festival offerings occur at a variety of times to accommodate families’ work and school schedules. Our free and inclusive storytelling festival provides one of the only literature-based, cultural arts programs many families may experience within our community as more than half of Cumberland County public school students reside in economically disadvantaged homes.
The 9th Annual Storytelling Festival focuses on community collaboration through its partnerships with the Fascinate-U Children’s Museum and the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. The library will present interactive storytelling festival programs at these partners’ venues while the partners commit to promoting library story times and festival events. The library has a longstanding partnership with both of these organizations through working together during previous festivals and programs. This partnership is expected to increase festival participation as attendees frequently participate in library programs at Fascinate-U Children’s Museum’s unique play-centered space and the Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s vibrant nature classroom.
We are excited to learn the status of our grant proposal this June. What annual events or traditions do you look forward to implementing during this year?