DBRL Programs

Bobby Norfolk: African-American Folktales
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

Storyteller Bobby Norfolk is a one-man comedic dynamo who dazzles audiences with sound effects, silly mimes and sprightly moves as he spins multicultural myths, folktales, legends, poetry and fairy tales. This morning's show focuses on African-American folktales. Ages 5 and older.

Bobby Norfolk: Henry “Box” Brown and the Underground Railroad
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

Bobby Norfolk is an award-winning performer whose storytelling events are always popular at the library. This afternoon, the past comes alive as Bobby performs historical stories about Henry "Box" Brown, Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe in theatrical style. Revisit March 26, 1849, when Henry Brown was transported from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a 2x3x6-foot wooden box built by a white abolitionist. He later became an orator under the name Henry “Box” Brown and attempted to earn enough money to buy his wife and children out of slavery. Ages 8 and older.

Bobby Norfolk: Poetry and Prose of the Harlem Renaissance
Columbia Public Library, Children's Program Room

This evening, we jump on the "A Train" with award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk for his third show today, celebrating the Harlem Renaissance with a program called "Dreams Deferred: The Poetry and Prose of the Harlem Renaissance." All aboard, for this exploration of the amazing African-American art, music and poetry that exploded out of Harlem in the early 20th century. Ages 10 and older.

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