Storytelling Festival Gets Underway at Richland Library

Bakers Dozen

Richland Library Kicks off Annual Storytelling Festival (Photo: Matt Perron)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) —  Hundreds of fourth grade students in Richland County are gathering today to hear about by one of literary’s most influential storytellers.

As a part of  the 30th anniversary of August Baker’s Dozen, more than 750 young learners gathered on the lawn at Hampton-Preston Mansion and Garners and the Robert Mills House and Gardens to celebrate reading.

“Storytelling for Fourth Graders,” occurs every April and brings to life to the world of storytelling and children’s literature.

The celebration honors the works and achievements of nationally-know storyteller and librarian Augusta Baker.

Baker spent most of her professional career serving as Coordinator of Children’s Services at the New York Public Library.

After retiring, she moved to Columbia in 1980 and was appointed the Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of South Carolina.

She died in 1998.

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