Musical Story Time @Frances Albrier Community Center

Pop-Up Story Time
Next event (Monthly): April 18, 2024 - 10:30am-11:30am View all dates

All scheduled dates:

  • March 28, 2024 - 10:30am-11:30am (ended)
  • April 18, 2024 - 10:30am-11:30am 
  • May 16, 2024 - 10:30am-11:30am 

Please join us at the Frances Albrier Community Center located at 2800 Park St. in Berkeley for a musical story time series with the Berkeley Public Library's Story Time Band. These events will take place on Thursdays 3/28, 4/18, and 5/16 at 10:30 a.m. Each session will feature live music, movement activities, and read-aloud stories for children ages 2-7. See you there!

Band Bio

In 2013, children's librarian Michael Kwende, known to Berkeley youth as "Mr. Michael," and retired librarian and guitarist Tim DeWolf, began offering musical story time programs at the Berkeley Public Library's Claremont Branch Library. Their events soon became so popular with children and their caregivers that it outgrew the library's programming space, requiring them to secure a larger venue to accommodate their audiences. That place became Berkeley’s Bateman Mall park, and soon after, musicians and library specialists Juan Castille and Donovan Russell joined the effort and the Story Time Band was born.

They have since brought their musical story time to numerous elementary school classrooms and libraries, and have performed at public parks throughout the city where over 150 children and their caregivers regularly attend their weekly events. In January of 2023, they began an artist residency at Freight & Salvage and performed at both last year's Berkeley Bay Festival and Bay Area Book Festival.

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