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Noted storyteller helps library kick off Summer of Fun

Last week, more than 100 kids packed the cafeteria at Bryan County Elementary School for the first of the Pembroke Library’s Summer of Fun!

Donna L. Washington a professional storyteller, actress, and author, kicked off the summer schedule of entertainment.

According to Pembroke Library Branch Manager Paul Weinberger, Washington has become a regular, much anticipated part of the library’s summer schedule.

The story-teller dazzled the kids with her dynamic vocal expression and her innate ability to transport listeners to far off places and times through tales from all over the world and about many different cultures.

Washington began her story-telling with a brief warm up session of tongue twisters that left the kids giggling and ready to be mesmerized.

"I talked a lot when I was your age," Washington told her audience. "I talked so much so that when I grew up I got a job where I could talk all the time."

Washington is the author of many children’s book such as The Kwanza Story, The Sword and the Rose, A Pride of African Tales and many more. She received a Parents’ Choice Award for her recording Live and Learn: The Exploding Frog and many other stories.

Washington started performing at age 6. She has adapted folktales into two full-length stage productions at Chicago’s Upstage Downstage Theater and performed at numerous storytelling festivals.

Ms. Washington lives with her family in Durham, N.C.

The Pembroke Library will host Bob Linsmayer for a performance of songs and stories.

The show will once again be held at the BCES cafeteria at 10:30 a.m.

The Pembroke Library also hosts arts and crafts on Thursdays at the Pembroke Branch.

For more information on the library’s Summer Reading Program, please call 653-2822.

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