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- October 14, 2023 10:30AM - 6:30PM
- 5000 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310 (Click here for directions)
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The Annual “Community Table” Turns Two!
Join us around imaginary tables at Franklin Avenue Library’s second annual Community Table: Storytelling & Local Food Festival, an all-day event on Saturday, October 14. Experience the oral tradition of storytelling throughout the day as our featured storytellers share a diverse range of personal stories, folk tales, and fairytales. Also, explore the food festival, featuring a variety of local vendors, and the children’s activities, both outside the library in the west parking lot.
Six professional storytellers will take part in the four, one-hour sessions that will take place in the Meeting Room, near the library’s west entrance.
- The event will kick off with the children’s, bilingual program “Journey Through Latin America with Calle Sur” at 10:30 a.m. The Panamanian-Colombian duo Calle Sur (musicians Karen Stein and Ed East) bring to life the rich diversity of Latin American music and challenge cultural preconceptions.
- At 12:30 p.m. “Around the Table: Folk and Personal Food Tales” is the first of two sessions featuring three storytellers aimed at teen/adult audiences. This session, features Darrin Crow (a returnee from last year’s inaugural event), Toni Simmons, and Nothando Zulu.
- “Folk and Fairytales Retold,” the second teen/adult session, starts at 2:00. Crow, Janice Del Negro, and Zulu will perform.
- Toni Simmons, our featured headliner, will present “Stories Alive” at 3:30. Simmons’ presentation will include stories, songs, and audience participation. This is a family/all ages program.
In addition to the food vendors in the west parking lot, other activities will be taking place outside the library throughout the day. Among those are two one-hour storytelling sessions at Franklin Field.
- At noon, we have the “Rosie Reader Bilingual Storytime,” targeting a preschool/children audience. The inclement weather location is the Northwest Community Center.
- The storytelling festival concludes with “Spooky Stories with Janice Del Negro with an Introduction by Maureen Korte” at 5:30. The first half hour will offer family friendly stories, while the second half will be aimed at adults. The inclement weather location is the Franklin Avenue Library’s Meeting Room.
For further information on the day’s many activities, check our website for more information, including a complete schedule!