In honor of Black History Month and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we hope you’ll join YPL on February 15th for Celebrating the Dream with April Armstrong, who will tell stories of hope, strength and courage.
April Armstrong is an award-winning storyteller in the New York metropolitan area. Her multicultural folktales include African American and Latino stories, where her skillful weaving of melodies and words offer a refreshing and compelling style of storytelling. Her interactive programs have taken her across the country and internationally to audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, museums and festivals.
April is the recipient of the National Storytellers Networks 2020 J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award for Storytelling as well as the 2015 Bronx BRIO Award for Storytelling. Her CD has won a Parents Choice Award – Silver.
In her own words, April has said this about her storytelling programs:
Stories are for everyone.
A satisfying story gives you something to
chew on, think about. They can make you giggle,
make you shiver, make you cry, make you fall in love,
make you want to holler and go a marchin’. And when they’re good you want to hear them again and again. Some stories can resonate so deeply. Even when they are translated into different languages, they still make us smile or weep. Those are the stories I love, being able to find that common thread for each of us to share. Making connections is why I love telling stories.
Celebrating the Dream will be hosted on Zoom on February 15th from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Be sure to check out the many other programs at YPL all month long in celebration of Black History Month.
Alison Robles is a part-time page at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for YA lit, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.