Fifteenth Annual Storybook Festival (Nov. 19)

The Fifteenth Annual Storybook Festival “Into the Forest,” takes place on Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Southwest Regional Library, located at 16835 Sheridan Street.  The free event is hosted by the City of Pembroke Pines Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and the Broward County Public Library.  For additional information please call 954-357-7406, 954-357-7317 or 954-357-6580.


Children will see Fairy Tales come alive as they walk through The Fantasy Forest and meet Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and Rumpelstiltskin. The enchantment of the forest will be spread throughout the library with entertainers and storytellers bringing to life favorite stories from childhood.  The first 1,000 children attending the family friendly fairy tale day will receive a free book. The event includes art projects, music, dance, storytelling and roaming storybook characters. Children are encouraged to come to the festival in their favorite costume and participate in the Storybook Parade.  Children’s performances will be held on three stages and The City of Pembroke Pines Recreation and Cultural Arts Department sponsored arts and crafts tent is the perfect place for children to get creative!


Storybook Festival 2016 Highlights

  • The Green Golly Project’s “Will the Real Rumpelstiltskin Puleeze Stand Up? “written and performed by Keith Torgan & Barbara Siesel headlines the family friendly event
  • Atlantic Coast Theatre – The 3 Little Circus Pigs
  • Steve Gryb’s – The Pied Piper of Percussion
  • Free book to the first 1,000 children
  • Performances by Pembroke Pines Recreation and Cultural Arts teachers of guitar and piano
  • Storybook Parade:  Children are encouraged to become their favorite storybook character by dressing up and participating in the costume parade
  • Children can interact with their favorite storybook characters in the Fantasy Forest
  • Children can tell their own stories in the “Swappin’ Ground”
  • Children can get their face painted for free
  • Make and Take Arts and Crafts Tent – MATACT hosted by the Pembroke Pines Recreation and Cultural Arts Department
  • Photo spots available for “official” Storybook Photos Pose on a Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue Truck (if unengaged)
  • Food trucks will sell tasty treats all day.


“This is a perfect day for children, filled with music, dance, a costume parade, storytelling, roaming storybook characters, performances, storybook photo spots and the arts and crafts tent,” said Holly Bonkowski, Division Director of Cultural Arts for the City of Pembroke Pines.

The StoryBook Festival is presented by and funded through the Broward Public Library Foundation, in partnership with the City of Pembroke Pines.  It is sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida, Friends of Southwest Regional Library and Broward Family Life Magazine. This project is funded in part by Broward County through the Broward County Commissioners with proceeds from the 2000 Broward County Safe Parks and Land Preservation Bond Issue.