Animal Tales-Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux
Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux's Animal Tales of How & Why, was offered for ages 5-10. How did Turtle get cracks in its shell? Why do dogs sniff each other's tails? Why does Bear hibernate all winter long? Kids and families loved finding out the answers with these interactive folktales from around the world. Patrons gathered to hear Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, an animated, poetic, and "deliciously imaginative" international storyteller from Grand Marais, MN.
The intended outcome of the author/poetry/literature program is to allow the patrons to experience the expertise of MN authors and the process they use to develop their novels through a variety of genres for a variety of ages. A survey was distributed to receive feedback from those attending the programs.
Surveys were distributed to participants at all programs. 92% strongly agreed that this was an enjoyable experience and 83% strongly agreed that they would attend a similar event. Comments: The author was an amazing storyteller and really engaged the children. It was fun to hear the different stories Rose told about animals.
22 libraries provided space, staff, and additional promotion for the programs and approximately 10 regional newspapers provided marketing through press releases, photos and interviews with artists and performers.