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FMU to host 2,400 students for Pee Dee Storytelling Festival

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University will host 2,400 third-graders from Florence and Marion counties for the fourth-annual Pee Dee Storytelling Festival, March 6-7.

 Students from Florence County school districts 1, 3, 4 and 5, and from all four of Marion County’s school districts will experience the art of storytelling, as well as a musical performance. The events will be presented to four groups of 600 students in the Smith University Center gymnasium on campus.

 The featured storyteller is Syd Lieberman of Chicago, author of several books for children, including “The Wise Shoemaker of Studena” and “Streets and Alleys: Stories with a Chicago Accent.” Lieberman has also been featured at the National Storytelling Festival and has made several children’s recordings. Students will also be entertained by Helen Fullard playing the  steel drums.

 This is the third time Francis Marion has hosted the festival. The event is a partnership between FMU, the Florence and Marion county libraries, and the participating Florence and Marion county school districts.

 Lieberman will also present free public programs at Marion Opera House on March 6 and the Poynor Auditorium in Florence on March 7. Both performances begin at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Paula Childers or Aubrey Carroll at the Youth Services Department of the Florence County Library at 843-662-8424.

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Last Published: May 11, 2004 9:19 AM
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