Popular author, master storyteller, and musician Michael Caduto will be performing for all ages on Thursday, July 29 at 5pm at the Rockingham Recreation area. Using a wide range of entertaining voices and expressions, Caduto creates a host of humorous and dramatic animals and human characters. The audience is invited to accompany the songs, chants, native instruments and dance. During this presentation, Michael introduces participants to the great circles of life – the basis for living sustainably with our Earth. Michael shares stories from traditional cultures found throughout the world – including Africa, Europe, North America and Central America. Includes original Earth music from Michael’s CD All One Earth: Songs for the Generations, as well as stories from his storytelling CD’s: The Rainbow Garden and The Wisdom of Nature.

This program is part of the Rockingham Library’s summer reading program and is presented in partnership with Sustainable Rockingham as part of the Blue Sky Days events to encourage the community to prepare for emergencies – especially those related to climate change – before they happen. In addition to the storytelling program, there will be a storywalk featuring Red Clover award nominee I am The Storm by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple, a coloring contest, and storefront displays of emergency kits from around the village.

This program is free and open to the public. To protect the unvaccinated, please wear masks. For more information call the Library at 802-463-4270, email youthservices@rockinghamlibrary.org, go online to rockinghamlibrary.org, or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls, VT.

ABOUT THE PERFORMER: Michael J. Caduto—a juried artist with the Vermont Arts Council and the New Hampshire Council on the Arts—is well-known as co-author of the national best-selling Keepers of the Earth® series and Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families. He has traveled throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East performing stories and music for audiences of all ages. His latest children’s book is The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales from the Middle East. His book Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun received the national Teacher’s Choice Award, and Earth Tales from Around the World was awarded the Aesop Prize for literary and artistic excellence by the American Folklore Society. He is the author of The Crimson Elf: Italian Tales of Wisdom (Storytelling World Honor Award). His other books include Riparia’s River (Reading is Fundamental {RIF} Multicultural Book Award), Abraham’s Bind, A Child of God, In the Beginning and A Time Before New Hampshire: The Story of a Land and Native Peoples. Storytelling CD’s include The Rainbow Garden and The Wisdom of Nature. His musical CD is All One Earth: Songs for the Generations (ASCAP Popular Award). Michael has worked closely with many indigenous peoples.