Homemade stories, told in shadow and light at Sellwood Library

One look at the young lady’s face, and you’ll see why we’re bringing you this story. Take a peek! And, this great workshop comes to Midland Library on March 27 (see how to register)‚

Using her hand-made shadow puppet, Audrey tells a story to her father, Shawn Smallman, and class teacher Kathy Karbo, at the Sellwood Branch Library.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
As part of the Multnomah County Library’s “Every Family Reads” program, a most unique workshop took place on March 10 at the Sellwood Branch Library.

“Today’s featured book,” says instructor Kathy Karbo, “is ‘The End of the Beginning’. We’re making shadow puppets, and telling stories with them.”

This kind of play, Karbo explains, helps youngsters understand the basics of storytelling. “Theater starts with light and shadow. Shadow puppets also help children realize they can create their own stories without elaborate tools or props.”

Cultures all over the world use puppets for storytelling and for children’s theater, Karbo says. “And, children get to learn shapes and patterns. It teaches them skills in learning to use tools to make things. They get to use their bodies; it shows them that storytelling and acting doesn’t only happen from the neck up.”

Comes to outer East Portland March 27
You and your kids can participate in the Shadow Puppet Workshop! You’ll explore light, shadow and movement with artist Kathy Karbo as she shows you how to make your own shadow puppet.

Registration is required; register online, in the library or by calling (503) 988-5234. The workshop runs from 6:30-8 p.m.

The place: your Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave.; call (503) 988-5392 for more information.

© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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