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Oregon Shadow Theatre Presents: Anansi the Spider

April 30th, 2014

4:00 p.m., Main Meeting Room

Corvallis Library

Anansi the spider is clever, witty, foolish and greedy. He loves to eat and he hates to work. Anansi plays tricks on everyone and gets into a lot of trouble. In this story Anansi meets a River Goblin, fights a Chimpanzee, and plays a trick on his whole village.

The West African trickster Anansi the Spider is brought to life by the Oregon Shadow Theatre. As shadow puppeteer Deb Chase manipulates and gives voice to the puppets from behind the shadow screen, Mick Doherty works in view of the audience providing music, voices, and sound effects, and acting as a storyteller. Marimba, Ghanaian hand drum, and thumb piano are among the many instruments and sound effects devices used. The colorful shadow puppets are based on African designs.


El día de los niños/ El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) has been observed annually on April 30th since 1997. It is a day created by librarians and educators as a celebration of childhood and bilingual literacy. It emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. The celebration is cross-cultural and intergenerational.

In the words of one of the founders of El día de los niños/ El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), author Pat Mora: "April 30th has become a day for remembering the power of words and books in the lives of our young people and for honoring all the languages spoken in the homes of this country. One in five of our school children comes from a home in which a language other than English is spoken. By honoring these languages, we celebrate our linguistic and cultural wealth."

View our Día programs year by year!

For more information, please call Youth Services: (541) 766-6794.


Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Won the 2003 Mora Award!
REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, selected the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library as the winner of the 2003 Estela and Raúl Mora Award promoting participation in the celebration of Día de los Niños/ Día de los Libros (Day of the Children/ Day of the Books). The award is donated by writer Pat Mora and her three siblings in honor of their parents and was established to honor children, promote bilingual literacy and encourage reading among all children. The winner will receive $1,000 plus a plaque to be donated by the Mora grandchildren. The stipend and plaque have been awarded annually since 2000 to the school, library or community organization that sponsors the most exemplary celebration. For more information, contact Ruth Rose Hennessey, Youth Services Librarian, at 541-766-6489.