Storytellers and musicians will entertain children and adults of all ages at the Friends of the Library’s 18th annual Winter Stories program on Thursday, Dec. 9 in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of the Wilson Library.
This year’s program, which begins at 5 p.m. in the Wilson Library and is free to the public, features the theme, “Mittens and a Warm Heart,” and will include tales from Japan, Nigeria and other locations around the world, along with live instrumental music and sing-alongs.
Storytellers will be Brian Sturm, associate professor; SILS students Karen Crenshaw, Stephanie McKee and Kimberly Hirsh; Amy Sayle, adult programs coordinator at UNC’s Morehead Planetarium, and Dave Pcolar, systems specialist at the UNC Library.
Instrumental music will be provided by guitarist and SILS library assistant Kate Barnhart; fiddler and SILS student Beth DeBold; guitarist Eric Martin; harpist and SILS Ph.D. student Ericka Patillo; flutist and music library assistant Terry Patrickis; cellist and SILS student Hannah Pierce; and fiddler Steven Wiggins.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a new or gently-used children’s book to contribute to a book drive for the Book Fairy, an organization that donates children’s books to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at UNC Hospitals. In 2009, the campus book drive gathered 2,377 books.
This year the need is especially great for English and Spanish-language board books, the sturdy picture books that can withstand repeated use by very young children.
For more information, please call Liza Terll with Friends of the Library at (919) 962-4207.