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Newark Public Library Features Lively Saturday Programs for Kids and Their Families
November 3, 2008
Media only, please contact:
Heidi Cramer at (973) 733-7837

Hooray for Children, a live monthly performance program for kids and families, is coming to the Newark Public Library for seven months starting Saturday, November 15. All programs begin at 2 p.m. and are held in the Main Library, 5 Washington Street, Newark.

The series kicks off with Goowin’s Balloons, a story told with zany balloons that celebrates the arrival of autumn and Thanksgiving. Presented by Encore Performing Arts, Inc, the program features balloon artist Allynn Goowin and encourages strong audience participation.

Enjoy a Caribbean Holiday on December 6 when the library welcomes winter and the holiday season with TAINO. The group takes the audience on a musical journey to a number of Caribbean countries to share in their holiday festivities with music, costumes, history and culture. This program is presented by Encore Performing Arts, Inc.

On Saturday, January 24 an afternoon of African Folk Tales fills Centennial Hall with excitement and adventure. Inspired by Anansi the Spider and other stories, the folk traditions of Africa are introduced through an enchanting program of stories, dance, mime and music. Presented by Theatreworks USA, tales include Anansi and the Box of Stories, The Possum and the Snake, Why Monkeys Live in Trees, How the Zebra Got His Stripes, and much more.

The rich cultural heritage of Ethiopia inspires Fire on the Mountain, a new musical by Flying Ship Productions, on Saturday, February 21. Presented by Encore Performing Arts, Inc., it takes children and their families on a journey with Alemayu, a young African shepherd, who is searching for his sister. In his quest, he learns life’s lessons of character, honesty, courage and love. Award-winning childen’s author Jane Kurtz first brought this tale to American readers after hearing it while growing up in Ethiopia.

Super Circus Stuff is the order of the day on Saturday, March 21 when Mr. Fish and Lisa Lou show off their circus skills in a two-person show. They perform a variety of funny circus routines that generate excitement and audience participation. Presented by Encore Performing Arts.

Transformation—Stories for Earth Day on Saturday, April 18 ushers in the annual celebration of our planet with Christopher Agostino’s presentation of Voices of the Earth, a program of traditional folktales and original stories illustrated by his face-painting on audience volunteers. Employing mask and makeup art from various world cultures to explain ecology tales, he uses playful storytelling techniques to create a unique performance that engages the audience.

Master magician Jim Vagias emphasizes Reading is Cool—The Magic of Books on Saturday, May 2 as he combines magic, humor, storytelling and audience participation to encourage young people and adults to read and explore the library, the most magical place of all!

All Hooray for Children programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 973-733-7797.


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