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Celebrating Ashley Bryan: Story Time & Bird Collage

May 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am


Join us for an interactive story time on Saturday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. with Lisa Herrington, Program Assistant for Island Readers and Writers, followed by Erika Rosso leading a collage activity, where participants will make their own beautiful birds! This event will be in-person at the Wendell Gilley Museum. This is an Island Readers and Writers and Wendell Gilley Museum partner program. This event is free and open to the public, with prior registration required. Recommended for ages 5 & up, caregivers should plan to stay with children.

“Birds flew in from all over. With a flip-flop-flapping of their wings and a whirring, stirring of the air, they flew down to the lake from everywhere.”

Ashley Bryan’s iconic Beautiful Blackbird is a picture book adaptation of a tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia that celebrates both community and individuality. Long ago, the many colorful birds of the world had no markings on their beaks or feathers—until they appeal to Blackbird, the most beautiful bird of all.

Ashley Bryan (1923–2022) was a beloved acclaimed author, painter, printmaker, illustrator, puppet maker and storyteller whose career spanned more than six decades. Bryan’s vibrantly colored collage and paper-cut illustrations adorned the pages of some 50 books, folktales and poetry collections by such acclaimed writers as Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni and Walter Dean Myers.


May 14
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Wendell Gilley Museum
4 Herrick Rd
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 United States
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