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Festival Brings Stories to Life at the Library

Feb 26, 2020
The Cumberland County Public Library will host the 11th annual Storytelling Festival during the month of March.

The theme for this year’s Storytelling Festival is Create Your Own Story and provides programs for all ages at eight library locations. The interactive programs are literacy-based and will include hands-on activities and crafts. Each event will give opportunities for children and their families to experience puppet shows, storytelling or professional artist-led workshops.

The professional headliner workshops include:

Dave McDonald: Participants can take part in an interactive drawing demonstration that shows how simple shapes are used to create super characters, and as building blocks to draw more complex characters.

March 3 at 11 a.m., West Regional Library
March 3 at 4 p.m., Hope Mills Library
March 4 at 4 p.m. & 6:30 p.m., Cliffdale Regional Library

Vanessa Brantley Newton: Guided by author and illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton, participants will cut or hand tear paper to create a collage piece while learning about Brantley-Newton’s illustration process.

March 19 at 1 p.m., East Regional Library
March 19 at 4:30 p.m., Spring Lake Library

Gordon James: Award-winning illustrator Gordon James will walk participants through the process he used to create his picture book “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut.”

March 26 at 1 p.m., Headquarters Library
March 26 at 4 p.m., North Regional Library

Cumberland County Public Library Branch Manager Mary Campbell hopes residents will get inspired by the festival.

“We are thrilled to offer 37 creative storytelling programs and three visiting artists from across the country,” Campbell said. “From plays and puppet shows to movies and comic books, we’re challenging participants to create their own stories in a variety of mediums.”

The festival is supported financially through a $5,000 grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Register for professional headline workshops by calling 910-483-7727. For a full listing of Storytelling programs by branch location, visit

The Storytelling Festival is made possible in part by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. The Arts Council's grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources.