International Art of Storytelling – France 2007
In January 2007, library staff visited Aix-en-Provence, France to meet with library professionals from the Bibliothèque Méjanes. The delegation also met with city and library officials to share professional experiences and to gather information, which they brought back to Miami‑Dade to enrich library services.
In March, another delegation of Miami-Dade librarians visited Aix-en-Provence, this time to share their storytelling talents and professional experiences. The librarians presented workshops and visited a local high school where the gained insights into one of Bibliothèque Méjanes’ most popular literary programs – Bouquiner. Bouquiner allows students to read books of their choice; develop a bibliography and write critical reviews. The delegation also enjoyed various aspects of French culture including a visit to the Cité du Livre and Marseilles, where they had an opportunity to view the work of French storyteller Laurent Daycard.
During the week of May 14, 2007, French librarians came to Miami-Dade and toured branches, shared ideas and gathered new techniques. The visitors also participated in the International Festival Day on Saturday, May 19.