Just because the Julian Dixon Library is getting a remodel doesn’t mean that your favorite summer programs are not happening. Just up the street at the Veterans’ Memorial Building – both Wednesday Morning Storytimes and We Tell Stories are scheduled for a summer full of fun. Dates, times and location for summer library programs are all right here.
We Tell Stories, LA’s acclaimed children’s storytelling theatre company, celebrates the County of Los Angeles Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Read to the Rhythm! / Lee al Ritmo!” with 5 different performances reflecting the folklore of various countries and cultures at the Veterans Memorial Building. Shows are interactive, multicultural, and educational, blending laughter and literacy together for fun-filled afternoons for parents and children alike.
The Veterans Memorial Building is located at 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City 90230. Performances are every Wednesday at 2:00 pm from July 1st through July 29th and are 45-minutes long. Admission is free.
“Read to the Rhythm!/Lee al Ritmo!”
Make merry with us as we sing and rhyme our way around the world!
Wednesday, July 1 at 2 pm:
“Funky Fables” (a rollicking romp through Aesop’s Fables)
The Birds, the Beasts and the Bat; The Lion, Jupiter and the Elephant;
The Gnat and the Lion; The Hare and the Tortoise; The Stag and the Vine.
Wednesday, July 8 at 2 pm:
“Listen to the Beat” (tales with a beat from African and African American culture)
The Frog Who Wanted to Sing; John Henry; Akimba and the Magic Cow.
Wednesday, July 15 at 2 pm:
“Jive Tales” (stories of Trickster characters from folklore and literature)
Signifyin’ Monkey; Coyote; Chanticleer the Rooster; The Lion in the Well.
Wednesday, July 22 at 2 pm:
“Jitter Bugs” (three fun stories just crawling with bugs)
Three Boys with Jugs of Molasses; The Wind Says Goodnight; Cutie Cockroach.
Wednesday, July 29 at 2 pm:
“Stories That Sing” (a show comprised of stories done in rhyming verse)
The Jabberwocky; The Walrus and the Carpenter; The Cat Who Became a Poet;
King Hilary and the Beggarman.
In unique We Tell Stories fashion, actors unfurl imaginative costumes and props from an old steamer trunk and the fun begins. Audience members participate from their seats, and then join actors on stage to play integral parts in each performance. Parents and kids delight in this family activity that is both entertaining and culturally enriching.
With a repertoire of twelve “trunk shows,” WTS brings classic literature and folk tales to life in classrooms, theatres, schools, museums, festivals, special events, and libraries. We Tell Stories’ goals are to inspire creativity, enhance literacy, cultivate intercultural awareness and harmony, and spark a love of the theatre and spoken word. Since 1981, WTS has been promoting arts education in schools throughout the Southland with assembly programs, and student & professional development workshops.
These performances are made possible in part by a Culver City Performing Arts Grant with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Space for We Tell Stories performances is generously provided by the City of Culver City’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department during the library closure.
Library storytimes to take place at the Veterans Memorial Building during remodel: Summer Session beginning Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
During the interim while the library is closed, storytimes will take place at the Veterans Memorial Building on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The Veterans Memorial Building is located at 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230. Please visit our website colapublib.org/libs/culvercity for additional information or email library staff at [email protected]
Summer Session will begin on June 24 and end on August 5, 2015: 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, and 8/5. Children ages 5 years and under are welcome.