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Black storytelling event Saturday in Merriweather Library

The Black Storytellers of Western New York will visit the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Branch Library from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday for an event entitled “Celebrating Grand Families – Telling Our Stories.”

All are welcome to the free program, which will focus on the importance of promoting, preserving and perpetuating African traditions and experiences through the art of storytelling.

Local storytellers Yvonne Harris (“Big Momma Boo”) and Joy O’Banion, both members of Tradition Keepers, will recite family stories and encourage youth and seniors in Buffalo’s richly diverse community to better understand their heritage through the wisdom of others.  Attendees will each receive journals to record their own stories, as well as those of relatives and neighbors, encouraging mutual respect and understanding among generations. Completed journals will be displayed in the library, at 1324 Jefferson Ave., later this month.

The program will celebrate the vital role grandparents play within their own family heritage, extended families, neighborhoods and the community, while showcasing storytelling as an integral part in the understanding of one’s life story.

Saturday’s event is part of the The Reading is Grand! Program, supported through a grant from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. For more information, contact the library at 883-4418.

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