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Family Picks: A weekend for storytelling in the Triangle

CorrespondentFebruary 20, 2014 

Local authors, community leaders and students read works by favorite authors during the African-American Read-In at the Capitol.


This Saturday, your family can listen to stories in all kinds of places – under the stars, by a campfire and at a historic site. This is the weekend of storytelling in the Triangle.

• Start at noon Saturday at the historic State Capitol building in downtown Raleigh. From noon to 2 p.m., local authors, community leaders and students will celebrate Black History Month with an African-American Read-In. They will read from works by their favorite African-American writers.

Works will include fiction and nonfiction for children, teens and adults, so there should be something for the whole family. Admission is free. For more information, go to

• At 3:30 p.m., Morehead Planetarium will present its African Skies program. During the 45-minute program, you will listen to African sky legends while sitting under the planetarium’s dome of stars.

The program will include stories of Anansi, the African god of storytelling who takes the form of a spider.

This is part of the planetarium’s Star Families series, a monthly program designed for families with children 7 to 12. Each month features a different theme. The March show will be about astrological signs.

Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased online. Go to, then click on the Youth & Family Programs tab, then choose “Star Families.”

• As the sun sets, the next storytelling stop is Cary’s Stevens Nature Center and Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. From 5:30-7 p.m., there will be stories around a campfire. Get there early to enjoy the preserve’s streams, trails and views.

To participate in the storytelling, you must register and pay a fee ($20 per family for Cary residents, $28 for nonresidents). Call 919-387-5980.

Express yourself

If your kids would rather make art than sit still for storytelling, this weekend is the second in the N.C. Museum of Art’s Saturday programs in collaboration with Raleigh Little Theatre.

Beginning at 10 a.m., you can see actors perform a scene from the theater’s new play, “OPQRS, Etc.,” an original fable about color and self expression.

Afterward, families will work together to create sculptures from found materials. Some of the art made during the program will be displayed at Raleigh Little Theatre during the play’s run, and those whose pieces are chosen will get free tickets to a preview performance.

The 90-minute program is appropriate for kids 5 to 11, and admission is $3-$5 per person. Register by calling 919-715-5923 or online at

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