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Next Family Festival will be on January 21
Next Family Festival will be on January 21
Posted on 01/12/2017
The Puyallup School District and Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts in Puyallup present a free community event, “Stories of Our Lives” taking place January 21, 2017 from noon to 5 pm.  

This day is packed with great fun, learning, storytelling, theatre and making projects to take home. The free community event will include:

EvaAcclaimed Story tellers:  
Native American Roger Fernandes,  a member of the Wisdom of the Elders storytellers, Turtle Island Storytellers and teaching artist in Seattle’s 4Culture who shares the myths and legends of the local Puget Salish tribes of western Washington including the Snoqualmie, Muckleshoot/Duwamish, Tulalip, Suquamish, and the S’Klallam.

African American storyteller Eva Abrams, an acclaimed Seattle Storytellers Guild member (pictured).

“I've been pulled into this world of storytelling and acting because stories have a magical way of    showing us the beauty of each other's culture and the beauty within ourselves. Through my stories I celebrate our similarities -- values, emotions, experiences. I also use stories to celebrate our differences -- stories as a bridge from culture to culture." - Eva Abrams

Book-It Theatre performing a children’s theatre piece based on the award winning book – “Goin’ Somewhere Special," A Newberry and Coretta Scott award winner. Book-It Theatre strives to provide an interactive relationship between youth and literature through diverse theatrical productions and educational programs. “Goin Someplace Special” delves into the themes of the Civil Rights Movement, Jim Crow laws, tolerance, perseverance, and the role of libraries. 

Humanities Washington speaker, Anu Taranath presents a program titled, “Not Just for Kids: How Children’s Literature Inspires Bold Conversations: How kids and adults—can use children’s books from around the globe to navigate our complicated world. 

Children’s books such as Curious George and Goodnight Moon are often beloved by children, sparking their imaginations and providing warmth and comfort. But books like these can also inspire adults— helping us to imagine ourselves in a new way and think about society from a new perspective.

In this talk, University of Washington lecturer Anu Taranath will showcase children’s books from around the world as well as diverse communities in the US, inviting audiences to take a closer look at kids’ books, and suggests we adults might also learn some new lessons about how to navigate our complicated world. Within these seemingly simple stories are important messages about how we think about our differences, and importantly, how we might rethink our similarities.

Anu Taranath is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington specializing in global literature, identity, race, and equity. She is the recipient of University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award and a “Best of Seattle” designation from the Seattle Weekly, as well as multiple national Fulbright awards and fellowships. 

craftsProjects for families and children: Make fun books, masks and pop ups.

Special guests will read favorite children’s books aloud. 

Contact Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts for more information.