Youth and Teen Read Week events coming to libraries

Canadian storyteller Anne Glover and Bento Rakugo, a dynamic storytelling troupe that adds a modern twist to Japanese comedy, will be the featured artists at selected public libraries during the months of October and November in celebration of the 2013 Hawaii State Public Library System’s fall programs for Youth and Teen Read Week (Oct. 13-19).

Glover, from Victoria, British Columbia, will present stories featuring figures that she weaves out of a loop of string.

She combines elements of sign language, sound effects and charming characters as she shares folk tales and stories of childhood events.

Glover’s “string stories” will be offered the following days and times at these Maui County libraries:

* Thursday, 10 a.m. – Makawao Public Library (573-8785).

* Oct. 23, 2:45 p.m. -Molokai Public Library (553-1765).

* Oct. 24, 2:15 p.m. – Lanai Public & School Library (565-7920).

Bento Rakugo performers will present the traditional rakugo, or fallen words, storytelling style at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Kihei Public Library.

Rakugo is one of the most popular forms of Japanese theater, according to an announcement.

The performer presents a comic story while sitting on a cushion, speaking all of the voices.

All stories will be spoken in English.

For more information, call Kihei Public Library at 875-6833.