OCL presents Multicultural Stories from Around the World

TOMS RIVER – Storyteller Michelle Washington Wilson will present the program series “Multicultural Stories From Around the World” this week at several branches of the Ocean County Library.

Wilson, 59, has a degree in speech and theater from Monmouth University. She wrote the two-act play, “Dusty Days Gone: The Story of the People Who Harvest the Crops.” Wilson based it on her experiences growing up working alongside migrant laborers on farms.

“I use my theater background to keep oral storytelling traditions alive,” Wilson said.

One of her stories will be “From British to Yiddish: How the Old Lady Got Home Last Night” which is about cause and effect, how events and actions cause reactions. The Mays Landing resident said the title is based on the fact that in the British version of the story, the main character is a pig. “In the Yiddish version, the character is a lamb because the pig is not kosher,” Wilson said.

Another story is “I Am America,” which relates anecdotes from children who make up the various cultures represented in the United States.

“Much of what I share will depend on the size and the age of the audience,” said Wilson. “There are many tales that are similar through various cultures. I also like to point out the lessons learned from the story.”

The free program will take place at eight Ocean County Library locations. Those attending should register by calling your local branch or online at oceancountylibrary.org

2 p.m. July 14 Toms River Branch, 732-349-6200.
7 p.m. July 14 Stafford Branch, 609-597-3381.
11 a.m. July 15 Manchester Branch, 732-657-7600.
3 p.m. July 15 Beachwood Branch, 732-244-4573.
10:30 a.m. July 16 Brick Branch, 732-477-4519.
1:30 p.m. July 16 Plumsted Branch, 609-758-7888.
11 a.m. July 17 Little Egg Harbor Branch, 609-294-1197.
3:30 p.m. July 18 Lakewood Branch, 732-363-1435.

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