In-Person Event: Tails & Tales from Around the World

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Storyteller Toni Simmons brings her multicultural folktales to life with songs, rhythms, chants, and audience participation.  If you are unable to attend this event in person, it will also be live-streamed as a virtual event on the Fort Bend County Libraries Facebook page.

Nationally-acclaimed storyteller Toni Simmons is an award-winning and dynamic storyteller who brings her multicultural folktales to life with songs, rhythms, chants, and audience participation. Families with children of all ages will enjoy an imaginary adventure to other countries and an exploration of different cultures through Simmons’ unique and spirited versions of familiar stories.

As a master storyteller, Simmons has captivated audiences at many festivals, including the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place, the National Black Storytelling Festival, and the Texas Storytelling Festival. Internationally, she has performed in schools in South Africa, Germany, and Mexico. She is a touring artist for the Texas Commission on the Arts and was designated as an American Masterpiece by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition to Simmons’ performance, George Memorial Library’s children’s librarians will kick off the event with a selection of multicultural rhymes, songs, and a bilingual book. Each child will receive a take-home craft.

The performance will take place in an outdoor amphitheater, and seating is concrete. Theater-goers are encouraged to bring cushions to sit on. Glass containers, alcoholic beverages, and popcorn are not allowed in the amphitheater. Partial shade is provided by canvas sails over the amphitheater. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be rescheduled.

The Friends of the Fort Bend County Library System will have a Book Sale of gently-used children's books and movies, as well as a selection of general-audience movies and CDs, in the Bohachevsky Gallery in the lower level of the library, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Additional books are available for sale in the ongoing Friends' Book Sale in the lobby of the library. Money raised by the Friends of the Library book sales provides funding for special adult and children's programs, cultural events, and staff development and continuing-education programs for library employees. 

Made possible by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, this event is part of the Fort Bend County Diversity Over Division Initiative.