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Performance to Honor Children’s Author/Illustrator

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BLUE HILL – Everyone’s invited: the Blue Hill Library is throwing a party for beloved children’s author and illustrator Ashley Bryanat 1pm on  Saturday July 10.  Ashley will read from his recent autobiography, Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song; Blue Hill’s African drumming group, Baba Kevin and Ngoma will perform; and there will be lemonade and cookies for everyone!

Ashley Bryan grew up in New York City and did not start publishing his work until he was forty years old. He fell in love with Maine after a course at the Skowhegan School of Art and moved to Isleford (Little Cranberry Island) in the 1980’s. He continued his writing and illustrating career with the publication of more than 30 books, including Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum, I’m Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals, Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales, and Beautiful Blackbird. He has won numerous awards for his work, most recently in 2009, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award given by the American Library Association.

The group, Baba Kevin and Ngoma, is an extension of Wide Sea Arts, an organization founded by African music specialist Kevin Campbell to “bridge cultural traditions and bring music, song, dance and craft to New England.” The group performed most recently with scholar Bob Brown to raise awareness of Haiti. They have also performed at Blue Hill’s Last Night celebrations, the Good Life Center and the Castine Unitarian Universalist Church. Ngoma means a celebration through music, dance and song. We will celebrate Ashley Bryan as an elder and Griot (a West African term for a wandering musician or poet who is a repository of oral tradition) living in our community through the playing of traditional West African rhythms and Baba Kevin’s original works.

The event will be outside, weather permitting. Otherwise it will be in the library’s Howard Room. For more information call Pat at 374-5515.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Brook Minner

Telephone Number: (207)374-5515

Website: http://www.bhpl.net

Email: brook@bhpl.net