By Diane Ako
Storyteller Diane Ferlatte is the featured artist at selected public libraries this November in celebration of the 2014 HSPLS Fall Programs for Children and Teens.
Ferlatte, a New Orleans native, is an internationally-acclaimed and award-winning storyteller, sharing her tales in a multitude of countries on six continents as well as throughout the U.S.A., including previous visits to Hawaii.
In addition to receiving numerous honors for her performances, all eight of her recordings have won awards including Parents' Choice, American Library Association, iParenting Media, Storytelling World, National Parenting Publications, and Children's Music Web Award. Ferlatte was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008.
Ferlatte will present the following programs:
* November 6, 6 p.m. at Hanapepe Public Library (ph. 335-8418)
Ferlatte describes her "Haunted Bayou" presentation as ghostly tales because spirits have souls too.
"Aesop: Alive and Well" at five Oahu, Maui and Kauai libraries; Ferlatte will bring to life the fables and story of Aesop with music and song:
* November 1, 11 a.m. at Manoa Public Library (ph. 988-0459)
* November 1, 2 p.m. at Mililani Public Library (ph. 627-7470)
* November 2, 3 p.m. at Kaneohe Public Library (ph. 233-5676)
* November 6, 2:30 p.m. at Lihue Public Library (ph. 241-3222)
* November 7, 10:30 a.m. at Kahului Public Library (ph. 873-3097)
"Have I Got a Story to Tell" at Molokai Public Library (ph. 553-1765) on November 3 at 3 p.m.; Ferlatte will offer family stories for the young and old.
Various public libraries will feature other artists from the UH-Manoa Outreach College's Statewide Cultural Extension Program, including local storytellers Ben Moffat and Dann Seki, taiko drummer Kenny Endo, and Korean dancer Bonnie Kim.
This year's HSPLS Fall Programs for Children and Teens are made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Atherton Family Foundation, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, HEI Charitable Foundation, Meadow Gold Dairies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, Armstrong Produce, DFS Hawaii, Robert's Hawaii, Toshiba Business Solutions, and Aloha United Way. Additional funding and support is provided by the UH-Manoa Outreach College's Statewide Cultural Extension Program, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Call the hosting library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed. Program schedules are subject to change. Visit the HSPLS website: www.librarieshawaii.org for a listing of programs and more information.