Local libraries celebrate ‘Dia!’
National library program features dancers, storytellers, musicians
POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Local libraries will join in the fun of “Dia!,” a national American Library Association program, that celebrates diversity, children and literacy, and presents it to families through books, stories and programs during April and May.
Storytellers, dancers and musicians will bring to life tales and tunes from around the world.
“Books and stories have the inexhaustible potential for the enrichment of life and the human spirit,” said Valerie Bell, Ocean County Library assistant director. “Literature is universal and the desire to prepare children for a happy, successful life is also universal.”
“All Ocean County children deserve books in which they can see themselves and the world in which they live reflected in their stories and literature,” said supervising librarian Glynis Wray, who is coordinating the Dia! events.
“Each branch will present programs to honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture and nurture their cognitive and literacy development,” she said.
Those programs will include:
Queen Nur, who celebrates the storyteller’s ability to speak of values, history and universal truths, entertains families with stories told in the African oral tradition.
She will appear at these branches:
Stafford, 129 N. Main Street, Manahawkin, Monday, April 15 at 4 p.m.
Tuckerton, 380 Bay Ave., Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m.
Point Pleasant Boro, 834 Beaver Dam Road, Tuesday, April 16 at 11 a.m.
Point Pleasant Beach, 710 McLean Ave., Tuesday, April 16 at 4 p.m.
Berkeley, 30 Station Drive, Bayville, Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m.
Ocean County troubadour Valerie Vaughn will present music and characterizations of New Jersey’s unsung heroes at:
Jackson, 2 Jackson Drive, Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m.
Beachwood at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m.
Long Beach Island, 217 S. Central Ave., Surf City, Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m.
Island Heights, 121 Central Ave., Saturday, May 4 at 11:30 a.m.
Manchester, 21 Colonial Drive, Saturday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Tap Team Two will present “Hoofing in America” and showcase Irish, African, hip-hop and house rhythms. Students will learn how to dance practicing the basic steps at Barnegat, 112 Burr Street, Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.
International storyteller Julie Pasqual will perform her African-American “Loud and Rowdy Folk Tales” and share her love of world languages and cultures through her interactive stories.
She will perform at:
Little Egg Harbor, 290 Mathistown Road, Wednesday, May 1 at 4 p.m.
Lacey, 10 E. Lacey Road, Forked River, Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m.
Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Lakewood, 301 Lexington Ave., Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m.
Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Road, Saturday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m.
Maria LoBiondo brings her love of fairy, folk and wisdom tales to listeners where they are able to create a place they can feel the spirit of “happily ever after.”
She will perform Saturday, May 4 at the Waretown branch, 112 Main Street, at 10:30 a.m. and the Toms River branch at noon.
All of these programs are free and open to the public. For more information about the performances visit the library’s website: www.theoceancountylibrary.org/dia.