Storytelling at DC Public Library

“We love these programs such as Story Tapestries for our children in the public library space and attend them often. They are enriching, exciting and bring storytelling to another dimension. -Parent and Woodridge Neighborhood Library user
Story Tapestries was invited to share folklore, play music and create an interactive storyscape at the reopening ceremony of the Woodridge Neighborhood Library on October 1st. We’ve partnered with local libraries before and this was yet another incredible experience to bring arts integration into the DC community. We’re excited to highlight some of the library’s amazing features as well as the initiatives the DC public library system is doing for our community…
The new construction at Woodridge (corner of 18th St. NE and Rhode Island Ave) finished this summer. The library officially opened on September 28th and spans over 20,000 square feet, complete with updated study rooms, computer kiosks and rooftop terrace for the general public.
“We’re looking forward for the rooftop terrace to be used as a lounge area and additional reading space. The terrace overlooks a view of the neighborhood park and we’re excited for the natural lighting the outdoors will bring to the library space”, said Janette Graham, Woodridge Neighborhood Library branch manager.
The building also enjoys environmentally friendly features such as energy efficient light, recycled materials in flooring and finishes, and water-conserving fixtures. First built in 1955, Woodridge Library has remained an integral fixture in the northern DC neighborhood. To ‘Give Kids a Smart Start’, Woodridge and all public libraries in the District are partnering with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to give a free book every month to every child under the age of 5 living in Washington, DC.
“This library and libraries in general provide a place to begin and nourish the life-long learners in all of us,” Miss Graham adds.
Story Tapestries’s collaboration with Woodridge at its reopening ceremony gives us all a chance to reflect on how integral community engagement and arts integration truly impacts a child’s life. Arianna connected with the audience of children by telling colorful folklore about the animals across the world through sweeping gestures and high audience involvement. Her musical instruments, native to India and Brazil, were used as accompaniments to bring her stories to life.
“It was a wonderful performance and the kids were really involved and hands-on with the tales and instruments,” remarks another parent.
We’re thrilled to have partnered with the DC public library system and hope to continue offering opportunities for children that allow them to engage in learning in new ways.

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— by Ruoxi Cao

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