Bring your children to East Asian Story Time, and enjoy a Kamishibai. A popular form of street theater in the 1930s and post-war Japan, Kamishibai (紙芝居) or “paper play” is a set of illustrated boards or cards that tell a story.
July story: The Three Magic Charms
Synopsis: A young apprentice from a hilltop temple uses three paper charms to outwit a wicked Yamanba or mountain lady. Curiosity, adventure and helping others are the underlying themes.
Activity: Ask the children about times they’ve helped others OR have children draw their own Mountain Lady.
Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois. You can attend in-person or by watching a live stream of the program on Zoom. Register in advance to receive a link to watch the program online.
CEAPS and the Urbana Free Library worked together for a series of new monthly "East Asian Story Time" to provide family-friendly events for our local community to listen to the bilingual storytelling of a book in English and an East Asian language, including Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, etc., and raise awareness and identity for local Asian and Asian American families and communities.